Founding Father's Name Dropped From New Jersey School District Over 'Slavery'

Founding Father's Name Dropped From New Jersey School District Over 'Slavery'

The Democrat left’s war on our culture is a never-ending affair that they will take to any length to rewrite our history completely.

The latest example can be found at a New Jersey school district, where students have just voted on an initiative to change the name of a school associated with founding father Thomas Jefferson because of his ownership of slaves.

Fox News reports: “Jefferson Elementary School in South Orange, New Jersey, is being renamed to Delia Bolden Elementary School to honor the first Black woman to graduate high school in the area, according to NJ Advance Media.”

The outlet reported that the new name was chosen by students from a list of choices. Several of the proposed names were linked to individuals from the area while others did not have any reference at all to living or dead persons.

Other choices included “Ruth Bader Ginsberg Elementary School” and “New Legacy Elementary School.”

While the school claimed that the initiative was formed and led by students, Fox News reports that many faculty were vocal in their support for the name change, leading some to question the ‘student-led’ claim.

“I want to make that point that Thomas Jefferson owned over 600 slaves,” said board member Qawi Telesford at a June meeting on the issue. “He freed two while he was alive and seven after he died, which basically means I have a 1.5 percent chance of being free in Thomas Jefferson’s world. So, I am not thankful to him. I am thankful to the people who made sure that I could actually be free and be on the board with you today.”

Here’s where it gets interesting.

Telesford claimed that he isn’t “thankful” to men like Jefferson but rather “to the people who made sure that I could actually be free.” That would be men like Jefferson.

No reasonable person defends slavery in America (or anywhere, for that matter). But our nation’s founders — that includes Jefferson — devised a Constitution that included an amendment process thereby allowing future generations to outlaw the institution. Throughout our history, this amendment process has allowed for changes to be made to our Constitution according to the times and the needs of the people. Meanwhile, the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights remain intact.

While Telesford’s remarks were no doubt well-received by his peers because he chose the politically expedient thing to say, the fact is Jefferson played a key role in devising a system of government that ensured all Americans would be able to enjoy all rights equally. Rather than teach this to students and be thankful for the system that these men — some of them flawed — bequeathed us, the Democratic left has instead chosen to use our founding history as a means to divide us.

“Seeing the work that (the students) did, I think, exceeded the expectations of all of us who participated in that conversation, when that was the final outcome, to really engage our students and make this a real-life civics lesson with really strong connections to governance,” Superintendent Ronald Taylor said after the vote.

If he and board members like Telesford were serious about teaching “real-life civics lessons,” they would ensure that students were taught the full story about Jefferson and our founders, as well as the beauty of the Constitution they wrote, not allow his name to be disparaged and stuffed down a memory hole.

Humans are flawed beings, that has always been the case. But our country is as free as it is because men like Jefferson created it.


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