Monday in Whitewater will be increasingly sunny with a high of 84. Sunrise is 5:16 AM and sunset 8:36 PM for 15h 20m 21s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 1.7% of its visible disk illuminated.
Whitewater’s Library Board meets at 6:30 PM.
On this day in 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, are officially informed of their freedom. The anniversary was officially celebrated in Texas and other states as Juneteenth. On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday in the United States. See also The Story We’ve Been Told About Juneteenth Is Wrong (‘The real history is much messier—and more inspiring’).
LA CROSSE – Wisconsin’s top state legislative Republican continued his attacks on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at the state’s public universities, calling the programming “the single most important issue” and claiming he was embarrassed to be a University of Wisconsin System alumnus because of it.
“This is probably to me the single most important issue that we are facing as a people, as a nation and as, really, humanity,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said in remarks Saturday at the state Republican Party convention.
Vos, of Rochester, relabeled the DEI acronym “division, exclusion and indoctrination” and suggested the UW System, and in particular UW-Madison, the state’s flagship university, puts an outsized emphasis on diversity efforts, which he sees as a waste of taxpayer money and source of racial division.
If Robin Vos doesn’t like what the UW System has done, and how embarrassing System policy has become for him, he might want to make changes to his legislative profile page, burn his diploma, shred his university apparel, and throw away all his memorabilia.
There is, however, much worse than embarrassment that encrusts Assembly Speaker Robin Vos: he’s remained speaker because he serves in one of the most gerrymandered legislatures in America. So often he talks as someone who earned his position after a fair legislative election with fair maps. It’s been over a decade since Vos has served in a legislature with fair district boundaries.
Vos speaks and acts as though he’s earned his position honorably. He hasn’t.
In this, Robin Vos is much like a thief who steals a Rolex and then lectures others on the benefits of hard work. History will remember him that way, if it remembers him at all.