“This is what democracy looks like”
Imagine being a student at UVA and holding yourself in higher regard than the person who founded the school.
The College Fix reports:
UVA students host community healing event after officials refuse to remove Thomas Jefferson statue
University of Virginia leaders’ stance to keep the school’s Thomas Jefferson statue despite protests and calls for its removal prompted some students and activists recently to hold a demonstration that bemoaned the decision and offered a chance to heal from and cope with it.
The late-October event, held at the statue, included speakers and writing exercises, and an emphasis “was placed on the need for community healing and mutual care. Speakers lamented the ‘mental, emotional and physical unwellness’ of students and urged students to ‘find time for joy,’” the campus newspaper the Cavalier Daily reports.
“We all have a responsibility to … unlearn the whitewashed history of this university and this country, and to free every single person who is oppressed and perpetually subjugated to the toxic systems of white supremacy, neoliberalism and racial capitalism,” one speaker reportedly said.
Another said, according to the student newspaper, that the university should be reframed as “Sally Hemings’ University,” alleging she was raped by Jefferson.
The event ended with chants of “This is what democracy looks like,” the Daily reported.
It’s not unheard of for a university to remove from campus a statue of Thomas Jefferson, one of America’s Founding Fathers, lead author of the Declaration of Independence, and the third president of the United States.
Over the summer, Washburn University leaders quietly removed their school’s Thomas Jefferson statue from campus for fear of possible protests against it.
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