You know, I think it might be a sign that a major American city may be completely lost when their representatives vote unanimously to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from the City Council Chambers.
And this is exactly what the formerly great American city, New York City has done.
The idiocy and historical illiteracy of this move is beyond comprehension. The people behind this move must get all of their history from the New York Times and Nikole Hannah-Jones' 1619 project.
The vote has passed, but there have been issues moving the statue off of city grounds and to the historical society.
The New York Times story has several quotes that show just how ignorant these modern anti-Jeffersonians are.
The unexpected delay angered some Black and Latino lawmakers, who had expected the statue to be moved from City Hall because, as the [Black, Latino and Asian] caucus said in a letter to the mayor, it serves as "a constant reminder of the injustices that have plagued communities of color since the inception of our country."
That's funny. Because I'm pretty sure the original draft of the Declaration of Independence called the practice of slavery introduce to the colonies by England as "a cruel war against humanity itself" and an "execrable commerce."
It's really an incredible passage to read. And it is very clear that, while a slaveowner, Jefferson had no patience at all for the slave trade and wished to end it.
Also from the Times,
"Jefferson embodies some of the most shameful parts of our country's history," Adrienne Adams, a councilwoman from Queens and co-chair of the caucus, said at the hearing.
Right. Because when we memorialize Thomas Jefferson we are honoring only the worst parts of him. It couldn't be that we are celebrating all the INCREDIBLY GOOD things that Jefferson did. You know, like, author the Declaration of Independence, become one of the founding fathers, become the third president of the United States, make the Louisiana Purchase. Just small things like that.
It wouldn't be unfair to say the nation would probably look completely different today, and be much much worse for lots of people, including minorities if it wasn't for Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson did some bad things, but he doesn't embody the "most shameful parts of our country's history." It would be more accurate to say he is a symbol of some of the greatest ideals of America. Including life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
More from the Times story,
The following year, after the murder of Mr. Floyd by the police prompted what may be the largest protest movement in U.S. history, the Council speaker, Corey Johnson, and the caucus renewed the request to move the Jefferson statue.
In a statement, Mr. Johnson said the Historical Society would be able to "responsibly present the story of Thomas Jefferson and this statue with appropriate historical context," something that is lacking in its "prominent display in the City Council chambers."
Basically, the speaker is saying that where the statue sits now they can't put their lefty spin on the horrors of this founding father. If he's in the rotunda, people will think we approve of the Declaration of Independence. If we move it to a museum, we can properly contextualize [aka tarnish the legacy of] Thomas Jefferson.
A certain orange president told you it wouldn't stop with Confederate statues. They'll come after Washington and Jefferson too.
And here it is. There's no denying it now. We've given up too much.
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