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During the past few years — and particularly in the midst of the current Russian invasion of Ukraine — one idea I have heard repeated over and over again is that we are living in unprecedented times. As I scroll through social media and read the posts and articles incessantly repeating this notion, I cannot help but to look back in history and think that these times could not be more precedented. Rather frighteningly, they are remarkably similar to the events preceding World War II.
When first applying to the University, I was dismayed to find that, among the many excellent programs offered, journalism was not an option. In fact, it has been rather shockingly absent for over 100 years since the department’s unfortunate demise in 1917. It’s disappointing an institution with such a robust liberal arts reputation could fall so short in such a crucial discipline as journalism.
I am a middle-class white kid who grew up in the South. As one often does when in my situation, I consistently took the existence of monuments dedicated to historical figures for granted. I believed that they unquestionably perpetuated the legacies of great men. After all, why would anyone seek to memorialize a person who didn’t make overwhelmingly positive contributions to our society?
To those readers who are familiar with the University’s Grounds, the words, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free,” may carry some significance. This powerful verse is inscribed in Greek over the facade of Old Cabell Hall, its prominent position and central location serving as a reminder of the ultimate goal to which our University is dedicated 一 the pursuit of truth. This is undeniably a lofty aim, but one which has served students well as we seek to go out into the world and truly make a positive difference. However, it is extremely easy to stray from our goal, as we often look to support our presuppositions rather than chase objective truth.
As a student at the University — an institution famous for its connections to some of America’s most notable founding fathers — I often feel as if I am walking amongst history as I cross Grounds each day. As I pass by the statue of Thomas Jefferson, so nobly positioned in front of the Rotunda, I cannot help but feel a great sense of awe at this man who has come to represent the core values of the nation he helped to create — for better or for worse. I add this last clause to the sentence because as I have continued to learn more about the legacy of one of the most prominent figures in our nation’s history, I have come to realize that my vision of a man who spent his life advocating for freedom, equality and independence for all is incorrect and damaging. In our culture, Jefferson has come to be a symbol of the freedoms we hold so dear. He is a character almost mythological in nature — but upon further examination, the man does not live up to the myth.