The University of Virginia (UVA) was founded by the writer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, as a place where Americans could be educated to live out the ideal of enlightened self-government that the founders envisioned. Oh, how the times have changed…
On Tuesday night, black student activists on campus assaulted the central statue of Jefferson at the college, vandalizing it, and covering it in a tarp. The Black Lives Matter criminals spray painted the statue, calling Jefferson a “rapist” and a “racist,” and chanted numerous other hateful epithets.
Theresa Sullivan, the President of the University of Virginia, responded to a Black Lives Matter vandals in an email on Wednesday. The President timidly stated that she “strongly disagreed” with the student protesters’ decision to cover the statue of Jefferson and acknowledged that they were “desecrating ground that many of us consider sacred.”
In the email, Sullivan praised Jefferson as “an ardent believer in freedom of expression,” who “experienced plenty of abusive treatment from the newspapers of his day.”
The statue of Jefferson was attacked by black students, as they complained that participants in the alt-right rally in Charlottesville, “fetishized” the founding father’s legacy. “The same moderates who condemn the hate that came to Charlottesville one month ago fetishize the legacy of Jefferson, and imagine him as our collective moral compass,” said one black female student.
The student speaker added, “We can and must condemn the violence of one month ago and simultaneously recognize Jefferson as a rapist, racist, and slave owner.” The hysterical wailing continued apace, “The visibility of physical violence from white supremacists should not take our attention away from condemning and disrupting more ‘respectable’ racists that continue to control the structures that perpetuate institutional racism.”
The Black Student Alliance has demanded that the university fulfill their list of demands, which includes Jefferson’s statue being labeled as “an emblem of white supremacy” and for a plaque to be placed on the statue, acknowledging that claim.
Unsurprisingly, the group of black students also demanded – under threat of civil unrest – more free money, and perks from the college and from society. Foremost in the group’s demands were that the college enroll more African-American students, and demand all white people be educated in, “white supremacy, colonization and slavery as they directly relate to Thomas Jefferson, the university and the city of Charlottesville.”
Following the protests last month, President Trump warned that the Jefferson’s statues, and the Founders would be targeted next by protestors.
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago, is also under pressure from black activists to remove George Washington’s statue from the city center.