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"You Have to Ask Yourself, Where Does It Stop?"

As it happens, I addressed the question President Trump raised–if you take down Confederate statues and memorials, will you end up knocking down Monticello next?–in a Bloomberg View column earlier today. Our national mythos has come to celebrate Thomas Jefferson less than it once did: His reputation has suffered, as it should have, as we have reckoned with slavery. We remember Jefferson the slave master; but we also remember the Declaration of Independence, the University of Virginia, a role in our national history that is not reducible to his slaveholding.
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