In recent weeks, there have been protests at several college campuses involving Thomas Jefferson. At two colleges, statues of Jefferson have been covered in Post-It Notes as a form of protest, with words such as “RACIST”, “RAPIST” and “SLAVE-OWNER.” Protesters, predictably, want the statues removed from the grounds of the campuses because they feel threatened and psychologically harmed by seeing a statue of Jefferson each day.
Many have leapt to Jefferson’s defense. Mostly, their argument consists of something along these lines: “It was the time period, you’ve got to understand. Everyone had slaves. He made a huge and continuing contribution to society, despite his sins. No man is perfect. He needs to be looked at as a product of his time, and his less exemplary behavior should be minimalized due to his amazing positive historical legacy.”
Of course, this isn’t good enough for the BLM movement and other associated Social Justice Warriors. From the petition to remove the statue from the grounds of the University of Missouri campus: “Jefferson’s statue perpetuates a sexist-racist atmosphere that continues to reside on campus. Removing Jefferson’s statue alone will not eliminate the racial problems we face in America today, but it will help cure the emotional and psychological strain of history.” I can’t comprehend how a statue of someone who did so much to advance the cause of freedom and liberty would perpetuate a sexist-racist atmosphere on campus. When I think of Thomas Jefferson, I think of a man who believed in freedom of speech and freedom of religion. I think of the man who founded the University of Virginia, and was a fine President of the United States. How is someone such an emotional snowflake that they are threatened by a statue? Jefferson’s positive ideas are still with us; his more negative views on race have been relegated to the dustbin of history by the weight of facts, and thus are no longer very important or worthy of attention.
Yes, even a man as great as Thomas Jefferson can be the victim of vile verbal attacks. He was used to it…he got enough of it during his lifetime. After all, it’s the first amendment right of these college kids to have their silly little Post-it protest, right? Sure it is. Just don’t try to exercise YOUR first amendment right to criticize some of the many horrid things Mohammed did, such as raping a 9 year old, or having slaves. If you do, you’ll be sure to hear something like this:
“It was the time period, you’ve got to understand. Everyone had slaves. He made a huge and continuing contribution to society, despite his sins. No man is perfect. He needs to be looked at as a product of his time, and his less exemplary behavior should be minimalized due to his amazing positive historical legacy…..”
There’s the difference. The good that Thomas Jefferson did lived on after his death. His work to make sure liberty and freedom endured for this young country was nothing short of heroic. His more negative views, such as the idea that blacks and whites could never live in harmony, have been proven false and discarded over time as we continue to become more enlightened.
With Mohamed, the evil that he did is what survives as his legacy today. The worldwide jihad; the apostasy and blasphemy laws; the general restrictions on the liberty of the people; the intolerance, ignorance, and repression. This is what survives as Mohammed’s legacy…all right from his mouth. Good thing statues of Mohammed aren’t allowed…because I think I would feel very offended and threatened if I saw one. Just sayin’.