Jefferson is the obvious target…
It may start with the Confederate flag… but this movement to radically alter our history will continue. Narrow minded academics like Paul Finkelman will fan the flames of discontent and dangerous media pundits will use tragedy to rally the uninformed to their nefarious cause.
Jefferson is frustratingly complex and it is easier to… simplify his transgressions- he owned slaves, therefore he must be bad. We recognize the horrors of slavery today- but this doesn’t satisfy the new generation of moral police. Regardless of what Jefferson did for our country, he owned slaves and that was wrong. They believe America’s true greatness exists in spite Jefferson. Our Creed did not need articulated apparently- and the thousands of freedom fighters throughout history who have spat Jefferson’s words at tyrants- they would have found them on their own.
Jefferson critic Annette Gordon-Reed… is discerning enough to see advocacy gone too far. She recently told InsideHighered.com –
“I understand why some people think his statues should be removed, but not all controversial figures of the past are created equal, I think Jefferson’s contributions to the history of the United States outweigh the problems people have with aspects of his life. He is just too much a part of the American story … to pretend that he was not there. There is every difference in the world between being one of the founders of the United States and being a part of group of people who fought to destroy the United States.”