What To Do About Jefferson

Erik Loomis at Lawyers Guns & Money:

This is a man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, founded public higher education in this nation, advanced liberal democracy immensely, was a president (albeit a pretty ineffective one), and….was a slaveholder and active proponent of genocide against Native people that only got worse as he aged.

Not just a slaveowner but a brutal one who advocated cruelty. He was not a “kind master.” And he was also a brilliant scientist and naturalist with a voracious love of knowledge. When we’re tallying Jefferson’s flaws and virtues, let’s not forget those.

Do we then tear down the Jefferson Memorial? Beats me.

Mitch Wagner @MitchWagner