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Dialogue Follows Jefferson Statue Shrouding

About 24 hours after some University of Virginia students called Thomas Jefferson a rapist, a racist, and covered his statue in black, the statue of Thomas Jefferson became a place of calmer dialogue.

Recent graduate Alexia Richards didn’t like what she saw Tuesday night, “It just felt a little ironic having all of these UVA students protesting the founder of the school.” She returned Wednesday (9/13) for an event set up by a Republican who invited everyone, such as this Democrat, Jason Sheridan, “I was disappointed with what happened last night.”

Not everyone was disappointed. Third-year-student Nathan John, “It was a moment of catharsis for students of color. Shrouding Jefferson was an attempt to really diminish the overglorification that happens at this school.”