The gall of Black Lives Matter to demand Jefferson’s likeness be removed from the University of Virginia… our first truly public university.
Irony so palpable it is nearly farcical…. students of all ethnicities and backgrounds on a campus literally built for them by Jefferson.
Jefferson believed in education for all of society:
“I feel … an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings.” 1808
“This institution will be based on the illimitable freedom of the human mind.”
The University of Virginia was his experiment and his dream of an educated citizenry…
“We wish to establish in the upper country of Virginia, and more centrally for the State, a University on a plan so broad and liberal and modern, as to be worth patronizing with the public support, and be a temptation to the youth of other States to come and drink of the cup of knowledge and fraternize with us.” 1800
To the confused children leading the preposterous protests in Charlottesville- Jefferson is not your enemy- your successes and privileges can be attributed to his vision and guidance.
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