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Student Activists Lose Battle to Remove Thomas Jefferson Statue From Hofstra

Student Activists Lose Battle to Remove Thomas Jefferson Statue From Hofstra

“statue will remain where it is”

https://youtu.be/I1-G6Bv6WOc

The school considered the arguments from both sides and decided to keep Jefferson. Good for them.

The Washington Examiner reports:

After extensive debate, Hofstra University to keep Thomas Jefferson statue

More than a month after a statue of Thomas Jefferson was vandalized at Hofstra University and an extensive campaign to remove it from campus, the school’s president has announced that the founding father’s visage will remain.

In April, Hofstra students on either side of the issue held dueling protests, with some students holding up the American flag, and others hoisting signs reading “RAPIST” and “SLAVER.” Tensions peaked later that month, and anti-Jefferson activists ultimately resorted to vandalizing the Jefferson statue with spray paint.

Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz apparently put the issue to bed on May 30, releasing a message announcing that the statue would remain on campus.

“After consultation with students, faculty, administration, alumni, trustees, and other friends of the University, I have decided that the Thomas Jefferson statue will remain where it is at the entrance of the Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center,” Rabinowitz wrote.

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Walker Evans | June 3, 2018 at 4:09 pm

Apparently the adults are still in charge at Hoffstra. Good decision, President Rabinowitz!

“anti-Jefferson activists ultimately resorted to vandalizing the Jefferson statue with spray paint”

Have they been identified and will they be punished? If they cannot be identified (or even if they can, for that matter), then the best punishment would be to hang posters of Jefferson all over the school.

Also, there should be a mandatory class about his life and achievements.

One thing that all those who accuse Jefferson of wrong-doing in the case of Sally Hemings really should consider:

He took her to France along with his children. The very second that Sally Hemings set toe in France she was a FREE woman. She did not have to come back to the USA and in fact her brother did not. She CHOSE to come back to the USA knowing that when she reached Virginia she would again be a slave.

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