D.C. Residents Say Take Down Jefferson Memorial, Rename Washington, D.C.

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District of Columbia residents and tourists weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, some saying the nation should go as far as renaming Washington, D.C.

CNN anchor Don Lemon recently floated the idea of re-thinking the Jefferson Memorial, dedicated to Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, since he was a slave owner.

“There may come a day when we want to re-think Jefferson, I don’t know if we should do that, but when we get to that point, I’ll be happy to partake in that particular discussion,” Lemon said.

“It should come down,” one D.C. resident told PJ Media, referencing the Jefferson Memorial in Washington.

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2 thoughts on “D.C. Residents Say Take Down Jefferson Memorial, Rename Washington, D.C.”

  1. Ludicrous. Do our historic leaders have to have been flawless individuals in order to be historically significant to the founding our out nation. There are no perfect people; so, if we seek perfection in our heroes, we’ll have no heroes at all. If we remember only historic figures who were perfect, we’ll have no one to remember. These people ARE our story, and our story is tarnished. That is just part of the story. It is part of the story of all humanity. We can celebrate the good in people without celebrating what they did wrong.

    For all I know, Jefferson’s slaves may have felt they had a better life as his slave than they would have in American society as a free person because perhaps the jobs they could find available to Black people outside of Jefferson’s household had very little to offer them. Maybe he treated them with more human dignity than they would find in the rest of American society at the time, and maybe his love slave even wanted to be his love slave. Or maybe he was horrible to all of them and even raped them. I haven’t dug deeply into that part of his history, as the one biography I read about him, while quite fascinating, skipped over all of that.

    Whatever the true story is, it should be told. It’s part of our history, and we can all celebrate the good parts of it while using the bad parts as an example of what should not be done and why. What these people are suggesting here is that we actually whitewash our history to expunge our capital of any evidence that we once had leaders who had slaves. Jefferson contributed huge an wonderful ideas to the making of this nation. Who is to say that, if he had his life to live over again, there would not be things he’d do differently when he could view it from the same perspective of time that we view him from now?

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