Americans Are in Desperate Need of a Lesson on the History of Slavery

Democrat hopeful Pete Buttigieg recently advocated removing Thomas Jefferson's memory from the public square and ending the practice of naming public events in his honor.  The legacy of Jefferson, he said, is "problematic."  "There's a lot to admire in his thinking and his philosophy," he said, "but then again if you plunge into his writings, especially his notes on the state of Virginia, you know that he knew slavery was wrong." It's a stunning display of his ignorance, certainly.  But interestingly, Buttigieg has unknowingly pinpointed precisely why Thomas Jefferson should be eternally revered by our society, which believes that enslaving other human beings is wrong. That is, that Jefferson knew that it was wrong at the time.  Thomas Sowell explains, brilliantly as ever: Of all the tragic facts about the history of slavery, the most astonishing to an American today is that, although slavery...(Read Full Article)
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