Thomas Jefferson Statue Removed From New York City Hall After 187 Years

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During a Mayoral Commission, a majority voted to take the Thomas Jefferson statue down from the New York City Hall.

And now, after 187 long years, the Thomas Jefferson statue was taken down on Monday.

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For those of you who don’t already know, although, you most definitely will, Thomas Jefferson was the 3rd President of the United States, a spokesperson for democracy, an author for the Declaration of Independence, and an American founding father.

So, as you can see, he represented a lot for the United States of America.

But, his presence in the City Council chambers has also caused a conflict of interest, and it’s safe to say, understandably a lot of pain.

Because Jefferson enslaved more than 600 people throughout his life, even after declaring that “all men are created equal,” in the Declaration of Independence documents.

Jefferson was known for many great things…

Including stabilizing the U.S economy.

But, after it became known that an American founding father, who made it apparent that slavery was against the laws of nature, and that it presented a threat to the survival of the ‘new’ America, according to Monticello, was in fact a slave owner, only freeing 5 of 600 people he owned, the statue became tainted for many.

And so, with the statue being taken down on Monday after 187 years, people have taken to Twitter to share their stance on the matter.

“When the government takes from those who are willing to work and gives to those who would not; the democracy will cease to exist,” a quote, that was written by Jefferson himself posted to social media, exemplifying why the statue should be taken down.

And Anthony Beckford, a member of the New York City council also paid tribute to the event…

Exclaiming that the “Proud Boys” could hold the statues “broken pieces”, while they cried over the removal of their “fellow racist.”

Other’s weren’t so pleased with its removal.

Claiming that it wipes out history.

What do you think?