Welcome to UW-Madison, welcome to the plantation. Where graffiti, speaking out against the racism that students of color live everyday on campus is punished more than when a black woman is pushed and her face spat on.
Welcome to the plantation, where we’re told property rights are worth more than the rights of students living in a hostile and racist environment.
Welcome to the plantation, where “climate” is something that can be fixed by having a survey to see if it’s raining outside.
Welcome to the plantation, where a UW grad-student, instructor. and former County Board member, Leland Pan, says he witnessed a white student being paid to check in on a black football players to see if they’re in class, but where the players that make the university millions can’t get paid.
Welcome to the plantation, where they place the face of a black man who hasn’t worked for the university for almost a year on its workforce communication’s page, to be “diverse.”
Welcome to the plantation where they have to Photoshop black people into football games.
Welcome to the plantation, where dolls can be found hanging from balconies, letting us know to “act right.”
Welcome to the plantation, where the only punishment of frat bros throwing beer bottles and yelling racial slurs at black women is a 2 year suspension for the fraternity.
Welcome to the plantation, where they let white students start fires to celebrate a basketball game victory, and no one gets arrested. But block some East Wash traffic in opposition to the massive racial disparities in this city, and you’re dragged to the ground.
Welcome to the plantation, where violent hate speech, which causes PTSD in people of color and real psychological impact, is treated as just an “opposing view.”
Welcome to the plantation, a “liberal” city that has some of the largest arrest disparities in the nation, yet our drug courts are full of white people.
Welcome to the plantation, where white heroin uses deserve a soft hand, treatment, and help. And a CIA fueled crack epidemic sweeping through Black America requires the police knocking down your door and dragging you out of bed at 6 in the morning.
Welcome to the plantation, where protesting against oppression gets you labeled as a terrorist.
Welcome to the plantation, where the FBI in conjunction with the Chicago police department assassinated a civil rights leader in Fred Hampton.
Welcome to the plantation, where a war on drugs is really a war on Black Americans.
Welcome to the plantation, where the KKK, a terrorist organization, is protected by the police from protestors. And Black protestors, protesting for their lives, are attacked with chemical weapons by the National Guard.
Welcome to the plantation, where you can drag a black girl out of her chair and body slam her, and not be arrested for assault.
Welcome to the plantation, where diversity is a PR issue and programming for students of color gets cut, as our white male Athletic Director is one of the highest paid AD in the nation.
Welcome to the plantation, where a major American city police department has the equivalent of a CIA black site, that isn’t a part of the Department of Justice investigation into civil rights violations of the very same police department.
Welcome to the plantation, welcome to #TheRealAmerikkka, where property has been protected more vigorously than Black bodies, ever since Black bodies stopped being property.