UVA Pres asked to remove quotes by Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819. Now 469 students and faculty want to boot him from School President Teresa Sullivan’s speech. No more using quotes from the founder of the University. Wait, What?
It started with an email to the students after Trump won the election. Sullivan urged unity and used a quote by our third President. But those students and faculty strongly believe that Thomas Jefferson “committed atrocities” against humanity because he was a slave owner.So they asked her not to quote him. Seriously.
Did I mention that he founded that university? Not to mention his hand in founding America. But then that’s the real issue, is it not? The liberal view of America is that our nation is nothing but evil founded by evil men.
The student-professor response acknowledged that Jefferson’s legacy had inspired some students and faculty to come to the University, however, “others of us came here in spite of it.”
Politics Prof. Lawrie Balfour, who signed the letter, said Jefferson’s words have often troubled her during her 15-year tenure at the University.
“Again and again, I have found that at moments when the community needs reassurance and Jefferson appears, it undoes I think the really important work the administrators and others are trying to do,” Balfour said.
In some of his notes, we find that he viewed blacks as inferior to whites, but in those very same notes he expresses disdain for slavery. That was over 200 years ago. Today is a different time and age, and liberals refuse to let it go.
Dismissing the work of someone who helped to found an entire nation is foolish. Ask them if they want to live somewhere besides America. If they do, put up or shut up and say goodbye. If they don’t, then they should start being grateful for what we have here. Because nowhere else on earth is like America – thanks to men like Thomas Jefferson.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by the Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The Declaration of Independence