The University of Wisconsin-Madison has just voted unanimously to remove a large rock from their campus after multiple students complained that it was a symbol of racism. The students claimed that the rock was somehow racist due to the fact that it was referred to in a newspaper back in 1925 as a racial slur.
The 140,000 pound rock is called the “Chamberlain Rock” in honor of the geologist and former university president, Thomas Chamberlain. However, after the rock was dug out of a hill, somebody called it a “n***erhead”, a common expression in the 1920s used to describe large dark rocks. It should be noted that there is only one recorded instance of the slur being used to describe the rock, and it was over 95 years ago.
It is currently unclear where the massive rock will go. Removal of the rock will be difficult due to the fact that the rock is currently situated near a Native American effigy mound.