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Albemarle County Supervisors Condemn Jefferson While ‘Honoring’ Him

Under the mantle of “inclusive history,” Albemarle County’s Board of Supervisors is setting a new standard for proclamations.

To wit, this year’s proclamation “recognizing” Thomas Jefferson on his birthday:

Proclamation Recognizing Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday

WHEREAS, Thomas Jefferson was born in Albemarle County on April 13, 1743; and

WHEREAS, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, as part of their Community Remembrance Project, have committed to sharing an inclusive history of our County—including the stories that have been traditionally left out of the dominant narrative; and

WHEREAS, we want to commemorate Thomas Jefferson’s birthday as the third president of the United States, the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Virginia Statue of Religious Freedom, and the father of the University of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, we want to express gratitude for the immense contributions Thomas Jefferson made to our community and to our country while also holding space for the harm he caused the Black community in Albemarle County, including the people enslaved at Monticello and elsewhere and their descendants; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, do hereby recognize the vast and complex legacy of Thomas Jefferson and affirm our commitment to celebrating an inclusive history of our community.

Signed this 7th day of April 2021.

Ned Gallaway, Chair
Albemarle Board of County Supervisors

Recognizing that every person is a sinner and has committed egregious deeds throughout his/her life is a sign of maturity. Such acknowledgement also raises problematic questions over Albemarle County’s new “inclusive history” model:

Going forward, all honors and proclamations in Albemarle County will be rendered hollow if the new “vast and complex legacy” policy is equitably applied. It is more likely, however, that in the name of equity only selective demographics will be subject to the rigorous scrutiny of the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and their minions.

Problem solved.