Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 42 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds    H2'ed 12/2/18

The Nazis Salute in Wisconsin and the Silence of White Progressives and Liberals

By       (Page 1 of 4 pages)   3 comments
Message Dr. Lenore Daniels

Originally published at The Black Commentator

Any politics that fails to understand the rise of the right as an extension of the past, rather than its inversion, is both deeply flawed and dangerous. "The Worst Place in the U.S. to Be Black is" Wisconsin: 'Racism and the Wisconsin Idea,'"

Boston Review , October 29, 2018

The masthead reads: WISCONSIN. 2000-2001. The University of Wisconsin at Madison's official booklet for incoming freshmen. A roughly even number of young women and men, dressed in red and white sweatshirts, cheering at a Wisconsin football game. Okay. It would have been a pleasant surprise to see a crane shot of students hunched over their books, laptops, articles at desks at the campus's main library. Students being students, maybe? Students learning. But, maybe, learning isn't a selling point.
Look again.

Mid-way the left edge of the image is the face a black male student. He smiles.


The year isn't 1954 when the appearance of a black person in a photo of predominantly white Americans would make anyone familiar with the history of the US think of a lynching. There's the black swinging from a tree, above a sea of white faces, old and young, female and male. All smiling.

This is the year 2000. It's the same year I'm recruited to teach in Wisconsin, for the university system.

Weeks into the fall term, an older black female colleague who, no doubt, has heard what's happened to me in August, wants me to take a look at something. So I do. I'm looking. And then I see. We don't have to speak.

A month or two before, in August, I'm summoned to the affirmative action office, to see the director, a black man I hadn't seen before. And it's a week or two before contract signing. But this man has information to relay from the white administration: Go back. Go back home!

It's not as if I hadn't taught for years at the college/university level. It's not as if I had landed at that UW campus without the dean of faculty's contacting to my chair at Loyola University Chicago. It's not as if that call didn't commence with letters of recommendations, transcripts of three degrees, including the doctorate and field of study, scrutinized by a hiring committee before being invited to come to the campus for interviews. I received a letter of congratulations: come join the English department! And, now, week or two before I'm to sign the contract, I'm being asked to disappear. Don't leave the office until you agree! After two hours, I'm handed the phone. Here, speak with a psychiatrist ! And he leaves the office.

It's a revolving door. Before you, two other black women, hired by the English department, were sent packing. One before she signed and one after.

Next Page  1  |  2  |  3  |  4

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Must Read 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Dr. Lenore Daniels Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Activist, writer, American Modern Literature, Cultural Theory, PhD.

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Have You Had Enough of the Madness of Capitalism? Is It Time To Consider What Marx Really Said?

America's Embrace of Willful Ignorance

With Bloomberg, Are African Americans Trying On the Iron Boot?

Get Out!: Harassment of Black Americans Has Historical Roots in American History

Me Too: Abuse of Power and Managed Inequality

The All-Too Familiar American Narrative: Justice is too Scary! Witness 40 in Ferguson, USA

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend