Students at the University of Virginia have issued a list of grievances to the college’s faculty, releasing a ten-point document that asked for “minority quotas” as well as mandatory classes that highlight Thomas Jefferson as an “emblem of white supremacy.”
The document was obtained by Campus Reform, and outlines the list of demands from the Minority Rights Coalition at the University of Virginia.
According to the report, the students want the removal of all confederate memorials, guns barred from campus, and the addition of a plaque to a statue of Thomas Jefferson that “more accurately” describes his slave-owning history.
“UVA’s historical landscape must be balanced. The statue of Jefferson serves as an emblem of white supremacy, and should be re-contextualized with a plaque to include that history,” said the document.
The controversy surrounding Confederate war memorials has reached a fever pitch in recent days, following the deadly demonstrations that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend. Several left-wing activists are now openly calling for the removal of statues honoring the nation’s founders; arguing they represent the nation’s slave-owning history.
President Trump commented on the issue last week, warning the removal of Confederate statues would spill over to Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” wrote the President. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it […] Who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!” the President tweeted.