I don’t know of any other way to say it: statues that honor slaveowners should not be on University of Virginia property.
Thomas Jefferson’s statue should be taken down and if someone wants to put it on their private property, that would be fine.
Put a statue of Edgar Allen Poe there. Or one of Ralph Sampson. But Thomas Jefferson’s name should be slowly eliminated from all articles about UVa.
Although I am Caucasian, I feel that it is an insult to every African-American student at UVa to have Jefferson’s statue on UVa public property.
UVa does not belong to Thomas Jefferson. He does not deserve to be called “Mr. Jefferson.” This is 2018! I realize that Thomas Jefferson is an industry in central Virginia, and it would be expensive to rid UVa of his contributions. But think about it: this is 2018, and we have a statue of a slaveholder in front of our campus?!
There is a lot about slavery that we don’t know. There is also a lot that we will never know. My guess is that some of what we don’t know is more horrible than anything we do know. That is another reason to rid ourselves of Thomas Jefferson.