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CANCELED: Thomas Jefferson and George Mason Removed from Names of Two Schools in Virginia Because They Were Slaveholders

Does any other country erase its own heroes and history like we do?

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Two public schools in Virginia named after Founding Fathers will be renamed because of slavery and “racism.”

Thomas Jefferson and George Mason, the respective namesakes of an elementary and high school in Falls Church, contributed much to the intellectual foundations of American independence and concepts like inalienable rights. Yet because they were slaveholders, their names are being erased from those schools.

The Falls Church City Public Schools board voted unanimously to rename the schools, despite 56 percent of respondents in a voluntary survey saying that the names shouldn’t be changed. The 44 percent who thought they should change mostly cited Jefferson and Mason’s slaveholding and that it “could make students feel marginalized and uncomfortable.”

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Thomas Jefferson is a familiar name for his authorship of the Declaration of Independence and his presidency, whereas George Mason is not nearly as well-known and has been referred to as the “Forgotten Founder.” Mason was a principal author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which significantly influenced the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution. Interestingly enough, he refused to sign the Constitution because it lacked such a bill of rights at first. It wasn’t until 1791, a year before his death, that the Bill of Rights was ratified.

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Both Jefferson and Mason opposed slavery on moral and intellectual grounds, but they did not feel they could personally extricate themselves from the practice because of their heavy reliance on slave labor for the operation of their estates.

In any case, this continues a disturbing trend in erasing American history that picked up steam during the hysteria of the George Floyd riots. No sane, serious country tries to cancel its own heroes.

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Biden Rebuffs Advisors’ Demands to Censor OANN, Newsmax, Fox News By Executive Order

Biden advisors have sought to ban conservative media from federal housing.

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According to a White House source, President Joe Biden has rebuffed suggestions that he sign an executive order that would ban certain conservative news networks from being broadcast to federal housing complexes.

The order would’ve named One America News Network, Newsmax, and Fox News by name. The former two networks are known for a broadly pro-Donald Trump editorial stance, with Fox split between establishment liberal and conservative content.

Authoritarian liberals advising President Biden are said to have suggested that Biden crack down on television and media networks which dissent from the administration’s policy views, citing the raucous US Capitol protest earlier this month as an imperative to clamp down on the opposition.

The executive order in question would most prominently affect military housing, where the cable channels in question are accessible through cable services contracted through the military services. The order, which never progressed beyond suggestions to President Biden, may even have gone so far as to restrict the television channels from private housing organizations contracted to provide lodging to military service members and their families.

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Biden even went so far as to dismiss the censorship attempt as “nonsense,” according to a White House source familiar with the exchange. It’s likely that attempts to sign and enforce it would’ve been shut down by the judiciary, representing a clear attempt to discriminate against the very viewing of political expression within federal buildings.

As an authoritarian streak grows more prominent in the intolerant attitudes of American liberals, it appears President Biden himself is at least skeptical to the slightest degree of governmental censorship attempts, although Biden has never so much as even made reference to the censorship practices utilized by Big Tech companies against tens of millions of Americans.


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