Professors Demand University President No Longer Quote Thomas Jefferson Because He Was “Racist”

Professors Demand University President No Longer Quote Thomas Jefferson Because He Was “Racist”

Did you know that the University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819? I imagine he is rolling over in his grave at the number of utter morons attending his school of higher learning. 469 students and professors just signed a letter requesting that University President Teresa Sullivan not quote Thomas Jefferson anymore. She quoted him in an email to students and faculty trying to bring everyone back together in the wake of Donald Trump being elected President of the United States.

They claim he was a racist because he owned slaves. But obviously, they don’t know their history. Jefferson owned slaves alright, because by law in Virginia at the time, he was not allowed to set them free because he was in debt. Jefferson was one of the earliest abolitionists, but since these idiots have never studied the history of the Founding Fathers, they wouldn’t know that. Jefferson sought for years to liberalize slavery laws in Virginia, so they could be freed. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington fought tooth and nail to free slaves, but because their families owned them and the law blocked them from doing so, they were labeled racists by the Left.


From The Cavalier Daily:

Several professors on Grounds collaborated to write a letter to University President Teresa Sullivan against the inclusion of a Thomas Jefferson quote in her post-election email Nov. 9.

In the email, Sullivan encouraged students to unite in the wake of contentious results, arguing that University students have the responsibility of creating the future they want for themselves.

“Thomas Jefferson wrote to a friend that University of Virginia students ‘are not of ordinary significance only: they are exactly the persons who are to succeed to the government of our country, and to rule its future enmities, its friendships and fortunes,’” Sullivan said in the email. “I encourage today’s U.Va. students to embrace that responsibility.”

Some professors from the Psychology Department — and other academic departments — did not agree with the use of this quote. Their letter to Sullivan argued that in light of Jefferson’s owning of slaves and other racist beliefs, she should refrain from quoting Jefferson in email communications.

“We would like for our administration to understand that although some members of this community may have come to this university because of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy, others of us came here in spite of it,” the letter read. “For many of us, the inclusion of Jefferson quotations in these e-mails undermines the message of unity, equality and civility that you are attempting to convey.”

The letter garnered 469 signatures — from both students and professors — before being sent out via email Nov. 11. Signees included Politics Prof. Nicholas Winter, Psychology Prof. Chad Dodson, Women, Gender and Sexuality Prof. Corinne Field, College Assistant Dean Shilpa Davé, Politics Prof. Lynn Sanders and many more. Asst. Psychology Prof. Noelle Hurd drafted the letter.

I take note that these were professors of the Psychology Department… a hotbed of Leftists and faux intellectuals who only know liberal talking points and haven’t a clue as to what principles Jefferson promoted. These people aren’t worthy of going to a school Jefferson founded. The professors wrote up the letter and of course, certain students will do whatever their professors do.

If they are so offended with Jefferson the man and his legacy, then they should find another university to teach at or go to. Lord knows there are plenty out there. How these people ever became professors in the first place and did not know the history of the Founding Fathers is beyond me. Probably because they don’t teach it anymore. Their ignorance is on display for the entire nation to laugh at. They have it backwards as usual… to leave out Jefferson’s name is to undermine the message of unity, equality and civility that they are in essence blocking. Sullivan is right… Jefferson could not have anticipated the diversity of leaders the University would produce… if he had, he would not have bothered with the University of Virginia in the first place.


Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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