It has been one month since White Nationalists and other fascists stormed the rotunda at the University of Virginia, marching around with lit torches and chanting “Jews Shall Not Replace Us!”
The mayhem ended with an anti-racist protester being killed by a fascist, and an attempt to smear everyone more conservative than Bernie Sanders as a racist neo-Nazi.
Protesters on the other side – led by the school community – have decided to take matters into their own hands and have covered a statue of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in a black shroud.
About 100 strong, the group of UVa students, faculty and community members, gathered to declare that Thomas Jefferson was a “rapist” and a “racist.”
— Dean Seal (@JDeanSeal) September 13, 2017
During the nighttime demonstrations, they mocked UVa faculty who have stalled on removing Confederate monuments and plaques on campus, despite demands from groups like the Black Student Alliance, The Daily Progress reports.
“One month ago, we stood on the front lines in downtown Charlottesville as all manner of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and neo-fascists swarmed the area,” said a speaker addressing the crowd. “Two months ago, the Ku Klux Klan rallied in their safe space, fully robed and fully protected by multiple law enforcement agencies who brutalized and tear gassed peaceful counter-protesters.”
With some sporting “Black Lives Matter” signs and many others chanting, the crowd cheered as three protesters climbed the Jefferson statue, adorning it with signs that dubbed the former president a “racist” and “rapist.”
While chanting mantras that have become routine in anti-racist protests, the common chant “No Trump, No KKK no fascist USA” was tweaked, swapping “fascist USA” with “racist UVa.”
“With every new horror that arises each month, each day, there has been an unparalleled resistance of people who say no to white supremacy, no to fascism, no to all forms of oppression,” said the speaker. “And we recognize and honor the fact that this resistance was not born ten months ago, but has actually lived for many years: communities of color in Charlottesville fighting for affordable housing, for a living wage, for an end to police brutality and state-sanctioned violence, for education for all.”
The Black Student Union demanded that all “white supremacist” groups be banned from campus, a “Balance” of UVa’s “historical landscape” and a removal of Jefferson’s statue, which they proclaimed “an emblem of white supremacy.”
It further demands that the university increase the enrollment of African American undergraduate students, increase the proportion of African American faculty and require all students to undergo some form of education on “white supremacy, colonization and slavery as they directly relate to Thomas Jefferson, the university and the city of Charlottesville.”
When President Trump asked “where will it end?” he had a point. If Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson can’t have monuments and memorials because they were in the Confederacy, then where does it end? Now it’s Thomas Jefferson, next will be George Washington, Madison, Franklin.
Then where will America’s founding fathers lay? How do we contextualize slaveowners who were also the founders of the greatest nation on earth?
Once the statues and memorials start coming down, stemming the tide of complete Orwellian historical revisionism becomes an incredibly difficult task.