(TheRedAlertNews.com) – Thomas Jefferson was a Founding Father and the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, the document that birthed the United States of America, but for one school in New Jersey, that is not enough to keep Jefferson from being canceled.
According to a report at Fox News:
“An elementary school in New Jersey is changing its name after a successful year-long campaign to end its association with Thomas Jefferson due to his slave ownership.
“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.” [emphasis added]
The problem, as far as the school’s faculty and students are concerned, is that like many of his era, Jefferson enslaved people.
“‘I want to make that point that Thomas Jefferson owned over 600 slaves,’ board member Qawi Telesford said 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% 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.'” [emphasis added]
As one conservative historian noted upon hearing about the school’s name change, “It seems that there is an element in America today that wants to erase the entire founding of the nation that made their existence possible.”
What is your opinion about Jefferson Elementary School in South Orange, New Jersey, being renamed to Delia Bolden Elementary School to honor the first Black woman to graduate high school in the area while removing the name of Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration of Independence? Please share your thoughts and views by emailing [email protected]. Thank you.
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