Black Lives Matter Protesters Put Tarp Over Thomas Jefferson Statue on U.Va. Campus


Black Lives Matter Protesters Put Tarp Over Thomas Jefferson Statue on U.Va. Campus
  1. Black Lives Matter Protesters Put Tarp Over Thomas Jefferson Statue on U.Va. Campus
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    University of Virginia president Theresa Sullivan responded to a Tuesday night student protest that covered a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the university's founder, in a black tarp and labeled him a "racist" and "rapist." The post Black Lives Matter Protesters Put Tarp Over Thomas Jefferson Statue on U.Va. Campus appeared first on Washington Free…
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BY: Brent Scher Follow @brentscher September 13, 2017 1:27 pm

University of Virginia president Theresa Sullivan responded to a Tuesday night student protest that covered a statue of Thomas Jefferson, the university's founder, in a black tarp and labeled him a "racist" and "rapist."

Sullivan, in a Wednesday email to alumni, said the protesters were "desecrating ground that many of us consider sacred" and she "strongly disagreed" with the "protesters' decision to cover" the statue.

"Last night about forty students held a demonstration on the north side of the Rotunda and as part of this demonstration, they shrouded the Jefferson statue, desecrating ground that many of us consider sacred," Sullivan wrote. "I strongly disagree with the protesters’ decision to cover the Jefferson statue."

She added that the university removed the tarp, and one person was arrested for public intoxication.

Sullivan further praised Jefferson as "an ardent believer in freedom of expression," who "experienced plenty of abusive treatment from the newspapers of his day."

Jefferson was attacked on Tuesday night by Black Lives Matter-aligned protesters, who complained that his legacy was "fetishized" by people who condemned the neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville last month.

"The same moderates who condemn the hate that came to Charlottesville one month ago fetishize the legacy of Jefferson, and imagine him as our collective moral compass," said a speaker at the protest, according to the local Daily Progress.

"We can and must condemn the violence of one month ago and simultaneously recognize Jefferson as a rapist, racist, and slave owner," she said. "The visibility of physical violence from white supremacists should not take our attention away from condemning and disrupting more ‘respectable’ racists that continue to control the structures that perpetuate institutional racism."

The protesters demanded the university adhere to a list of demands …

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