“We are thoroughly disappointed by the decision, but not surprised”
Everyone should be angry about this. American history is being erased before our eyes.
Campus Reform reports:
Charlottesville, Va. scraps Thomas Jefferson’s b-day as paid holiday. UVA College Republicans are livid.
University of Virginia’s College Republicans chapter slammed Charlottesville, Va. Friday for dropping former president and UVA founder Thomas Jefferson’s birthday as a paid holiday for the city.
The student group told Campus Reform that the city’s Monday decision was “ironic,” given the celebration of July Fourth just days later. The city of Charlottesville, Jefferson’s hometown, scrapped recognition of his birthday, replacing the paid holiday with Liberation and Freedom Day. Campus Reform could not confirm if Liberation and Freedom Day will be a paid holiday.
“We are thoroughly disappointed by the decision, but not surprised,” UVA College Republicans President Matthew Nalls told Campus Reform. “Frankly, it’s ironic that Charlottesville voted to drop Thomas Jefferson’s birthday just to celebrate Independence Day a few days later — a holiday brought about in part by Jefferson.”
The decision comes amid a vast movement to cover up the Founding Fathers, mostly because they had owned slaves in the past. The Washington Postreported that the San Francisco Board of Education recently moved to cover up a mural of George Washington at the local George Washington High School. Campus Reform previously covered the replacement of George the Colonial as George Washington University’s mascot and the defacing of a Jefferson statue at Hofstra University.
“While Jefferson’s legacy has clear faults, the city of Charlottesville ignored a clear opportunity to paint the entire story of his history. Instead, Charlottesville could have chosen to celebrate both his birthday and Liberation and Freedom Day,” Nalls expressed. “Students would see the entire picture through this.”
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