Thomas Jefferson: On the Removal of My Statue From New York City Hall

 
Thomas Jefferson

My fellow Americans –

On Monday, the New York City Public Design Commission unanimously voted to remove a statue of me from New York City Hall. The statue has been there for nearly a century and was originally created to celebrate religious liberty.

The City Council’s black, Latino, and Asian caucus said that the statue “symbolizes the disgusting and racist basis on which America was founded.”

May I make a humble request? I’d like my statue to be replaced by a statue of George Floyd robbing a pregnant woman.

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Pillars of social justice like Floyd are the types of people we should be honoring, not slave owners like myself or George Washington, who never did anything for anyone.

Thomas Jefferson

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