The protests against specific incidents of police brutality have once again given way to absurd, meaningless, and non sequitur demands from students and activists who apparently have nothing better to do with their lives than take an eraser to American history. Such is the case at the University of Missouri (a campus with a ripe history of nonsensical racial protests), where students are now demanding that the faculty remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from the quad.
“Mizzou has no room for a racist slave owner on our campus, in the Quad, where thousands of black students pass by everyday, forced to deal with imagery of the past in the future where we should be promoting equality, diversity and inclusion,” reads a petition started by Mizzou sophomore Roman Leaphart. “A memorial of a racist has no place on campus.
“The vast majority of these confederate monuments were built during the era of Jim Crow laws (1877–1964),” the petition continues. “Detractors like us know that they were not built as memorials but as a means of intimidating African Americans and reaffirming white supremacy.”
We’ll just ignore the fact that this dull-witted student thinks that Thomas Jefferson’s statue is a “confederate monument.” We wouldn’t expect much more from a fool who thinks George Floyd is an American icon but one of the greatest men in this country’s history can be reduced to a “racist slave owner.”
“There’s a danger of going too far,” said famed attorney Alan Dershowitz in an interview with Fox News this week. “There’s a danger removing Washington and Jefferson and other of our founding fathers who themselves owned slaves.
“Look, we have to use this as an educational moment,” he continued. “We have to take some of the statues that were put up more recently, for example, during the Civil Rights Movement and perhaps move them to museums where they can be used to teach young students about how statues are intended sometimes for bad purposes, to glorify negatives and to hold back positive developments.
“But the idea of willy-nilly going through and doing what Stalin did: just erasing history and re-writing it to serve current purposes, does pose a danger, and it poses a danger of educational malpractice, of missing opportunities to educate people, and of going too far,” he concluded.
We’d say that Dershowitz is going way too easy on these radicals. Their tearing down of Washington, Jefferson, Columbus, and every other not-totally-pure legend of American history is symbolic of what they want to do to the country itself. Are we going to stand by and watch it happen, or are we going to fight for the preservation of the greatest nation to ever grace the earth?