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Hofstra Students Demand Removal of Thomas Jefferson Statue

Hofstra Students Demand Removal of Thomas Jefferson Statue

“Please understand that this is a protest against white supremacy”

Remember last year when the left became obsessed with the removal of Confederate statues? Critics warned that it was a slippery slope and were assured that it was just about Confederate monuments.

Today, a battle is brewing over a statue of Thomas Jefferson at Hofstra University. It doesn’t matter to campus activists that Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence or the third president of the United States. All that matters is that he was a slave owner.

Caleb Parke reports for FOX News:

Hofstra activists want to remove Thomas Jefferson statue

Student activists at Hofstra University are demanding the removal of a statue of Thomas Jefferson from campus.

Ja’Loni Owens, a Hofstra student and Black Lives Matter activist, started a petition that warns it will discuss “slavery, rape, eugenics, anti-black racism” and claims the Founding Father’s statue belongs in a museum with proper context, “not displayed on a college campus, especially not in front of a hub of student life.”

Owens specifically addressed “white allies” in their Facebook event for the Friday protest “Jefferson Has Gotta Go!” to be held at the statue in front of the student center.

“Please understand that this is a protest against white supremacy and that you as white people – even though you’re allies – benefit from white supremacy!” Owens wrote. “Your obligation is to fight that! Come prepared to step up if racial slurs or otherwise offensive things are said to organizers of color or poc attending. If you’re able, come prepared to hold posters and like….PROTEST.”

Here is part of the official petition:

Removal of the Thomas Jefferson Sculpture at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York

The Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center is one of the central points for on-campus life and student activities.

The Student Center houses several important offices and resources, including Intercultural Engagement and Inclusion, Student Access Services, the Office of Student Advocacy and Prevention Awareness, and the Dean of Students Office. Students daily walk through the Student Center for a quick cup of coffee or to cross the Unispan to get to class.

For prospective students, this is one of the first buildings that they walk into when touring the university. At almost every single Admitted Students Day, families pose in front of the Student Center to take photos and share hugs and smiles after successful college visits.

It is unfortunate then that a bronze sculpture of a 71-year-old Thomas Jefferson, gifted to the university by Hofstra Trustee David Mack, is right in front of the Student Center.

The petition goes into great detail about Jefferson’s connections to slavery. There is no denying history, but that’s just the point. This is part of American history. Should we erase every aspect of history which offends?

There is a memorial to Jefferson in Washington, DC. Should it be razed to the ground? Jefferson’s face is on Mount Rushmore. Will the left demand it be blasted off with a cannon?

A Hofstra student named Malcolm McCoy who opposes the removal of the statue recently appeared on the FOX Business Network and made some excellent points. Watch below:

Another opponent of removing the statue is an expert on Jefferson named Peter Onuf who was quoted in Newsday:

Peter Onuf — an author who has written extensively about the third U.S. president, who also was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence — said he is “deeply conflicted” about Jefferson’s legacy, but he argued it’s dangerous to try an erase a nation’s past by “burying our head in the sand.”

Onuf, the distinguished scholar in residence at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts, added: “If we forget Jefferson, we forget ourselves.”

At the risk of being branded a conspiracy theorist, I would suggest that forgetting ourselves is the whole point. Far left progressives believe that America is flawed and has been tainted since its founding. By invalidating America’s foundations, the constitution is rendered meaningless.

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DINORightMarie | March 30, 2018 at 7:27 am

This attack on Jefferson actually started at UVA last year, where some students were demanding that UVA remove all its markers and indicators related to Jefferson – the very man who founded and built the university in the first place!

It is vile, obscene to judge people in the past using today’s moral and legal standards. He was a product of his time, yet he decried the very slavery these educated useful idiots, these adult-age infants, are railing against him about. If he had had his way, slavery would have been ABOLISHED via the Declaration of Independence.

Ignorant.Stupid.Vile.Hysterical.Angry.Obscene. That describes this generation of indoctrinated agitators.

“Ignorant.Stupid.Vile.Hysterical.Angry.Obscene. That describes this generation of indoctrinated agitators.” That is Leftism. It is forever a part of the human condition.

Only supremacy can defeat mediocrity.

Sad how no matter how we show it will be a slippery slope, and are assured by the leftists that it could never go that far, it always does. There were cries for the Jefferson Memorial to be removed as well.

Why is it leftists always want to re-write history into their image and want to always ignore historical context? I fear another revolution is brewing, and this will be ugly as there are no clear borders and boundaries. As we have heard from the little fascist, there is no middle ground being left open to tread upon. When this type of stuff happens it always leads to extreme excesses. The BLM movement is a terror organization in the making. They have had their forays into violence, and they are just waiting on an excuse. And the leftists know most colleges capitulate to fascist like demands from the students.

    Whitewall in reply to oldgoat36. | March 30, 2018 at 8:16 am

    The Left does not begin to back down until they take casualties. If they encounter mush, they push. When they encounter steel, they stop. A superior argument never stops the Left.

Obviously, it was Thomas Jefferson’s forward thinking request in 1800 that a citizenship question be added to the census that got him in trouble.
Virtually every other nation on the Earth has such a question today.

Who the *** would direct their kid to college as opposed to the Lincoln Technical Institute.

Skilled trades.

I’m sure these children know the very idea of a university system is a hotbed of white supremacism.

Let’s call the whole silly thing college thingy off.

Alright! Get to work people, sorting this garbage!

4th armored div | March 30, 2018 at 9:14 am

Blacks were never a people that brought anything positive into existence.

For example, in the United States the average scores of blacks on some IQ tests in 1995 were the same as the scores of whites in 1945.

the next steps will be the islamification of the USA, which has already started.

call me Racist if you want.

i am not for denying any group opportunities, but for the group to declare the first modern civilization that had equality of opportunity to be branded as being born in sin, is a step too far.

that we are facing a generational war is obvious.
that Pres Trump, a flawed human being, as we all are, is attacked with no mercy by the MSM/LEFT/Establishment is a clear sign that the beatification of Obama will not be permitted.

—- end of rant, it’s been a long time coming —-

    Ragspierre in reply to 4th armored div. | March 30, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Well, nobody needs call you racist, you’ve self-identified as one.

    And no conservative. Conservatives do not think in terms of “peoples”, but in terms of individuals.

    And, of course, black individuals have made wonderful contributions to our nation and the world.

    One of them, Dr. Thomas Sowell, pointed out that Jews tested very poorly in IQ measures a few decades ago. So?

      4th armored div in reply to Ragspierre. | March 30, 2018 at 9:29 am

      ypu certainly have a problem reading don’t you ?
      the prime example of the Geo Will blindness to the Trump improvement in our lives.

      you should read the Conrad Black article in the NY Sun whish Insty posted yesterday.

      tphillip in reply to Ragspierre. | March 30, 2018 at 10:21 am

      Hey David Hogg, don’t you have someone else to bully?

      Love it when Wet Rags actually shows what kind of person the really are. Especially when they’re copying a high school bully marinading in their 15 minutes of fame.

        Ragspierre in reply to tphillip. | March 30, 2018 at 10:54 am

        What’s funny, ToiletPaperhillips, is that you are behaving like Hogg, and I am the one who was defending Ingraham.

        But in your world, up is down.

      Immolate in reply to Ragspierre. | March 30, 2018 at 10:46 am

      While I don’t agree with 4AD’s sweeping generalizations, they do not disqualify him as a conservative. Conservatism is not a point on the individualism vs. collectivism continuum. It is on the preserve vs. replace continuum. Pre-judging someone based on the characteristics of type is anti-libertarian, but not anti-conservative. While most conservatives adopt a healthy dose of libertarian-ism in their doctrine (self-reliance, meritocracy), it is not a predicate of conservatism.

      As to 4AD, your initial statement is not only racist, it’s demonstrably wrong. It’s as racist as the stuff I hear daily from BLM. I hear your frustration talking, but we can match force with force without being evil about it.

      The Bible says: Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Ephesians 4:26

Close The Fed | March 30, 2018 at 9:39 am

Historically illiterate useful idiots.

Once again, LAW prevents decency. When Jefferson was in either the Virginia Burgesses or in the early days of the Republic, he proposed legislation to ALLOW slaveowners to FREE their slaves. It was illegal and he proposed making it legal. His proposal failed. Don’t remeber how many times he tried, sorry, up til 2:30 a.m. Last night.

Jefferson was GREAT. Ignoramuses.

David Hogg: “nobody needs call you racist, you’ve self-identified as one.”

Curious. You have a pattern of taking cheap shots to Virtue Signal at the expense of others.

What are you compensating for?

Normal people don’t have a need to do this. What a failure you must be to so casually accuse others of something so heinous as racism.

If these SJW’s are so upset about slavery, why don’t they focus their energies on the places where slavery is alive and well today?

One only has to look at Africa to see what Blacks as a whole have brought forth.
That doesn’t mean that there aren’t many Blacks who are brilliant, but collectively there is something not right and I don’t know what that is.

I guess we can wait a few years to see what happens to South Africa now that it is law that it is open season on Whites.

    Immolate in reply to gonzotx. | March 30, 2018 at 11:42 am

    What has Africa to do with jazz, R&B and soul? If you only look at Africa, you see a different picture, perhaps, but why would you? We have our own blacks who have indelibly impacted American culture, for good and for ill.

    Yes, collectively they are fueling our rush off the cultural cliff, just as white intellectuals and academics are collectively doing. It seems that every group gets dumber with large numbers. That’s why we all bristle when we get lumped together with others and told what we think. Don’t do that.

      gonzotx in reply to Immolate. | March 30, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      What does jazz R&B and Soul have to do with anything . Ok , Blacks definitely have on others with rhythm, but don’t tell the Latinos that

Come on people. You want to make the case that blacks have contributed significantly to America? And the best you can come up with is the Blues and Soul music?

I already believe they have contributed, but this “janitorial engineer” nonsense is the best example we can find?

Not very convincing.


Oh okay then…

(head desk)

I’m an Adams guy. LOL at Jefferson.

… just teasing ????

filiusdextris | March 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm

Since the Barbary slave trade was famous for capturing European citizens and selling them at slave markets in Africa, should I feel triggered by a statute of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Doesn’t it cut both ways?

That’s always bothered me too. Africans captured their own people and sold them. They were Slavers more than anyone else.

“: by far the busiest slave port in Africa was Luanda, the capital city of Portuguese Angola. A staggering 1.4 million people were sold onto the slave ships at this one city over about 350 years.A further 373,521 were sold at Benguela, and 368,000 at Cabinda, both nearby. ”

Just wait till the kids in 2050 discover who supported abortion.

So does this mean that separation of Church and State is now racist?

Because I’m perfectly willing to start throwing that back in the faces of anyone who needs to use the words of a slave owner to justify their position.

The District of Columbia wants to erect s statue of the noted drug user, racist and serial traffic violator; not to mention failed mayor, Marion Barry. Gotta love the double standard.

“4th armored div | March 30, 2018 at 9:14 am

Blacks were never a people that brought anything positive into existence… ”

Thomas Hudner clearly disagreed. As do I.

“Flying one thousand feet above the icy Korean mountains, the Corsair’s engine cut out. At such a low altitude, the pilot, US Navy Ensign Jesse Brown, couldn’t bail out or clear the mountain. He spotted an opening that looked more or less flat, and in any case, it was his only choice. A wheels up, dead stick landing. The Navy’s first African American aviator probably thought that he had been through worse than this, being hazed and harassed throughout his pioneering Naval career.

The F4U went down heavily and smashed into the rough terrain, folding up at the cockpit. Sliding through the deep snow, the big fighter started smoking immediately.

Lt. (Jg) Thomas Hudner and the other VF-32 pilots studied the situation on the ground as they circled overhead. This close to the Chosin Reservoir, Chinese Communist soldiers would be along soon. The crashed and burning aircraft was a hopeless wreck. At first the Navy fliers thought that Ensign Brown was dead. Then his wingman and roommate, Lt. William H. Koenig, noticed Brown waving to them through the open canopy of his Corsair (Bureau # 97231). A rugged, prop-driven, big-nosed WWII design, the Chance Vought F4U normally could take a lot of damage. On this day, 4 December 1950, Brown had been tragically unlucky; some North Korean flak gunner had hit the plane in a vulnerable spot.

Flight Leader Richard L. Cevoli radioed “Mayday” and called for helicopter rescue. A Sikorsky HO3S helicopter was dispatched, but would take at least 15 minutes to reach the stricken flier. Lt. Hudner looked down at his friend and flying mate. He promptly decided to go down and try to pull Brown out the smoldering aircraft. Hopefully, both pilots could then escape on the chopper.

Hudner made one more tree-top pass and dumped his remaining fuel and ordnance. He dropped flaps and tailhook, and thumped the Corsair onto the ground. He hit a lot harder than he had expected. At 6,000 feet above sea level, the Corsairs’ air speed indicator had understated the actual speed. Hudner began to wonder if this had been such a good idea.

‘I knew what I had to do,” said Hudner in an interview by Frank Geary, for Jax Air News, the Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., base newspaper. “I was not going to leave him down there for the Chinese. Besides, it was 30 degrees below zero on that slope, and he was a fellow aviator. My association with the Marines had rubbed off on me. They don’t leave wounded Marines behind’…”S

Clearly Jesse Brown brought something positive into existence. Something so positive it was worth crashing your airplane into a mountain held by hostiles in 30 dg below zero weather to salvage.

This isn’t the only example I can think of. Keep it up. You’ll only get more.

    Mac45 in reply to Arminius. | March 31, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    I’m confused here.

    It is my understanding that Ens. Brown was black. And Lt.(jg) Hudner was White. Brown was shot down and his aircraft crash landed. Hudner sacrificed HIS aircraft, and potentially his life, to get Brown out of his crashed aircraft.

    So, what did Brown bring to this, exactly?

Good one. I was thinking, Inventors. And you not only outflanked me, you peppered my entire grid with ordinance from the USS Missouri. Nicely done.

It’s always so sad and disgusting to see the number of people here who support racist shit.

Look at the up-votes for 4th Amour Div.’s blatantly racist vomit.

I wouldn’t have believed it had they not provided the evidence.

To obliterate Jefferson’s legacy is to obliterate the founding principles of this country, which I think is the ultimate point. He was the poet of democracy and freedom, and sowed the seeds for the demise of slavery with his words.

In less than 100 years we have gone from the greatest generation to the dumbest generation. Socialism/communism will ultimate destroy this country as it has every country if this generation has its way. These are not enlightened people, they are indoctrinated people who don’t even understand what they are peddling.

When the country ultimately fails we’ll have to start all over again with a set of founding fathers much less wise than the ones we were blessed with (and I truly mean blessed) at the founding.

Get rid of the student.