The University of Missouri installed a $20,000 protective acrylic casing around Thomas Jefferson’s original tombstone last month, amidst fears that the historic monument would be attacked or vandalized by campus leftists.
“This is Jefferson’s original tombstone that was entrusted to the university and we have a responsibility to insure that it is preserved appropriately,” University of Missouri spokesman Christian Basi told the Associated Press in regards to the case.
Jefferson’s first gravestone (since replaced in Virginia) was granted to the University of Missouri as a nod to the legacy of the Louisiana Purchase, with the school being the first of its kind established in the territory secured for the United States during Jefferson’s presidency. It appears many in the area of the Columbia, Missouri university are less inclined to celebrate the 3rd president’s legacy. A motion detection light system had been installed next to it over the summer as a possible anti-vandalism measure.
The obelisk grave reads “Here was buried Thomas Jefferson; Author of the Declaration of American Independence; of the Statute of Virginia for religious freedom; Father of the University of Virginia.”
Students at Mizzou have pushed for the removal or destruction of the grave stone, describing the American founding father as a mere “racist slave owner.” More than 3,500 signed a petition calling for its removal. The Chancellor of Mizzou refused to arrange for its removal, but it may be only a matter of time until the University is forced to remove Jefferson’s grave or it’s outright destroyed by leftist cultural militants.
Perhaps the University of Missouri should deed the historical monument to a city or organization that will ensure its safety by locating it away from left-wing cultural militants. It can then be replaced on university grounds with a new monument commemorating George Floyd and rape fugitive Jacob Blake.
This was never about Confederate monuments. It has been fundamentally about hatred and jealousy for American heritage and what it represents since the very beginning.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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