Former Boise State Adjunct Professor
Arrested For Defacing Lincoln Statue
By Anna Miller
Terry J. Wilson II, a former Boise State University adjunct professor, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly defacing an Abraham Lincoln statue in Boise’s Julia Davis Park.
The statue, known as Seated Lincoln, was tarnished in February by a mob with red paint, signs, feces, and a Black Lives Matter flag wrapped around its neck.
Signs near the defaced statue read, “Defund the police,” and, “The prison industrial complex is modern day slavery.”
According to a Boise Police Department press release, both physical and electronic evidence was used to identify Wilson. When police officers approached Wilson on Tuesday with a warrant for arrest, Wilson ran away. Officers were able to stop Wilson and take him into custody. Upon his arrest, the department reports, Wilson was “found to be in possession of a firearm, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.”
The mob that vandalized the Lincoln monument was organized by a coalition of Marxist groups including Black Lives Matter Boise, Peaceful Roots of Change, and Antifa Boise. Wilson has previously been referred to as the spokesperson for Black Lives Matter Boise.
According to Boise State University, Wilson worked as an adjunct professor for three semesters, an arrangement that ended last December. A BSU representative could not shed light on why BSU and Wilson parted ways. Prior to his time as an adjunct professor, Wilson served as a student office assistant for more than five years.
Wilson taught University Foundations general education courses at Boise State. He graduated from BSU’s School of Public Service, where he studied divisive concepts like Critical Race Theory (CRT). Critical race theorists believe America is irredeemably and systemically racist and spew hatred on white people, particularly white males, suggesting they are inherently guilty of being “oppressors” by virtue of their race and gender.
Wilson’s Twitter account Exegesis Joe is filled with left-wing content, including calls to defund the Boise Police Department.
In a recent tweet, Wilson put the ugliness of CRT on display stating “‘Blue Lives Matter’ is #whitesupremacist code or #KKKop talk for ‘Black Lives Don’t Matter.’’
Defacing the Lincoln statue is at least the second time Wilson has been involved in a public demonstration with Boise BLM. He previously protested for defunding the police outside of Council President Elaine Clegg’s private home.
Wilson’s tweets combined with his arrest and involvement with BLM Boise raises questions.
Will BSU administration decry Wilson’s crime of defacing a monument honoring our 16th president, best known for abolishing slavery and uniting the nation around constitutional principles of liberty and justice for all? BSU President Marlene Tromp rightly condemned the vandalization of the Anne Frank Memorial in December 2020. But Tromp remained silent in February when the BLM mob and former BSU employee Wilson defaced the Lincoln monument.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Wilson was a student at BSU for at least six years prior to being hired. He worked as an administrative assistant in the Criminal Justice Department and for Boise State Public Radio. BSU’s graduate college even gave Wilson a showcase award in 2019. When hiring Wilson as an adjunct professor, how could BSU not realize it was employing a radical activist?
For years, BSU handed Wilson the power to instruct students in general education classes. How many other activists, like Wilson, has BSU hired? As a result, how many more students at BSU will be propagandized and indoctrinated to despise our great nation?
Activists who believe in woke historical revisionism like Wilson don’t want to improve America; like the monuments they despise, they want to destroy it.
Does BSU support this?
Anna Miller is the Education Policy Analyst for Idaho Freedom Foundation
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