Liberals are thrilled now that Civil War-era monuments commemorating Confederate generals have been removed. Street names have been changed and the Confederate Battle Flag is banned.
Now, liberals have their sights set on their next target… The Founding Fathers.
Started by a student at James Madison Memorial High School in Verona, Wisconsin, a petition to change the school’s name has gone viral!
Why? Because Madison, America’s 4th President, owned slaves. As the petition states, the student doesn’t feel safe in a school named after Madison: “James Madison, the 4th president of the United States was an owner of over 100 black slaves. The significance of this name in association with my school has a negative effect on memorials black students. The lack of representation I feel in this school makes me feel more than unsafe. I do not feel supported by the majority of staff at memorial, especially considering the fact that I’ve gotten called n word multiple times, along with having an individual threaten me by telling me they would lynch me.”
The petition now has more than 1500 signatures. As Jay Coast in The Weekly Standard notes, this anti-Founding Fathers movement has gone too far:
We owe them a debt of gratitude for their endeavors, notwithstanding the misdeeds they committed. If I contract somebody to paint my house, and I find out later that he is an adulterer, does that excuse me from paying what I owe? Of course not. By the same token, my debt for the painting does not oblige me to act as though he did not wrong his spouse. So it goes with the Founders who owned slaves: We should appreciate them for their endeavors, for our lives are manifestly better because of their struggles, but honoring them does not require us to ignore or excuse their errors. Madison’s home Montpelier, for example, just opened an exhibition, “The Mere Distinction of Colour,” exploring slavery at the plantation.
Wiping the Founders from the public memory, moreover, endangers the perpetuation of our republic. They were no doubt flawed men, but they were flawed men who invented this system of government. If we wish to make the most of our government, we have to understand how it functions. That requires us to understand what these men thought and did. The decisions they made, and the assumptions behind them, reverberate through the generations, into the present day. Public memorials are a way to keep us mindful of their continued influence, so that as we endeavor to understand civil society, we remember to look to them.
There’s no doubt America’s Founding Fathers were complex, imperfect men. But the society they built would set into motion an extraordinary new country that would protect liberty and fight a bloody war to free slaves. The Constitution itself is a revolutionary act, and an accomplishment never-before-seen in world history.
History is messy. But that doesn’t mean liberals can be allowed to re-write history and turn America’s Founding Fathers into evil men or paint the entire country as racist. Liberals should be ashamed.
What do you think about changing the name of James Madison Memorial High School? Please leave us a comment (below) and tell us.
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Actually slavery is still going on in parts of the world. Instead of trying to erase the past why don't they work on changing the present for the good of society?
Wait until they get sent to Donald Trump High School.
... in Moscow.
Damned fool brainless sissy liberals make me want to puke. No balls, no brains, no spine, and they waste good oxygen.
Say what? This is way, way out of bounds. This high school student should get over himself and come back to reality! Being called a bad name and being threatened by a bully is part of life. There will always be bullies and hatemongers. This student has a lot left to learn before he goes off the deep end with a stunt like this. He (or she or whatever) may find that the water in the deep end is very, very deep and cold too. Be careful what you wish for, you may get much, much more than you anticipated.
Phil in TX
Not sure if these 'protesting' snowflake libtards can read, but try to find a period on history
that DIDN'T have slavery. Muslim and black slavers from North and East portions of Africa
had active trade.
ENOUGH with the victim-hood $4!t !!
NONE of these protestors or folks reading my drivel owned slaves ! Get over it !!!
What progress have these 'victims' made since 1964 ? Dr. King would crap if he saw what
has happened to these 'victims' since 1964. 70 % illegitimacy now, vs 25 % then: welfare
rolls staggering under folks without ambition and drive. Folks that are poor blacks / whites /
Chicanos aren't making excuses for their individual successes. THEY EARNED respect and
supported their families. How many folks with professional licenses are Black...did they EARN
this distinction, or, were given these accolades to meet racial quotas ?
What are these slavery 'victims' going to set their sights on next...pictures on our currency ??
Eracing the busts on Mount Rushmore ? Changing the name of our government in D.C. ?
GIVE it a REST...snowflakes.
I think liberals are total idiots.
And if Madison had owned white slaves this pencil neck would have never noticed.
The main problem today are the brainwashing liberal so called professors and our schools don't teach American and World history, we were taught American pride.
I am sure this young man would NOT be comfortable going to the University of Wisconsin because of the name of the city. Just think of all the city, county, and state names that are unsuitable! How can he even tolerate his state capital?
This entire situation is becoming assinine and sooner or later a lot of people are going to suffer.This is all the result of the Obama years and BLM should be classified as a threat to America.Mt.Rushmore and Stone Mountain Georgia will be next.These kids are doing nothing more than trying to get attention to themselves and it is sick but dangerous.