A conservative student at the University of Missouri was the target of racially motivated attacks on Twitter Tuesday evening, merely for defending a statue of Thomas Jefferson.
“My political beliefs should not be determined by my race, as was suggested by the tweets received today,” Jasmine Wells, the subject of the tweet, told Campus Reform.
Members of the Mizzou College Republicans hosted a “Stand With Jefferson” rally Tuesday to show support for an on-campus statue of Thomas Jefferson. Campus Reform first covered the uproar on Oct. 13 after students defaced the Jefferson statue with post-it notes with phrases such as “Racist,” “Rapist,” and “Slave Owner.”
Today’s event was organized as a direct response to those activities, and somewhat predictably, sparked outrage on Twitter.
Get a look at some of the Tweets:
The tweeters may have been upset about today’s “Stand With Jefferson” event because the group had asked students to sign a petition to keep the statue at Mizzou, resulting in over 140 signatures—in contrast to an opposing Change.org petition calling for the statue’s removal, which has garnered 86 supporters in the 2 months that it has been on the site (it’s stated goal appears to be 100, at which point it was presumably to be taken to the university administration).
Wells, who is the social media chair of the Mizzou College Republicans, attended the event, only to be treated with a scornful tweet from one of her classmates for simply appearing in a photo.
Here’s Jasmine’s response on Twitter:
“For a movement that wants to end racism on campus, their response to the event and my participation in it, I felt, was very racist and hurtful,” observed Wells.
What can I say Jasmine! You go Girl! #StandWithJefferson
And don’t worry about “Chocolate Drop” because it’s obvious she supports the Obama administration (change.org). If she wants a real lesson on history I would ask her to read maybe the following:
“Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals”, Mark Steyn’s After America: Get Ready for Armageddon, or Edward Klein’s “The Amateur”.
Of course, she should start by reading the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and end with a biography of Thomas Jefferson. After that “Chocolate Drop” may understand that Thomas Jefferson embraced the rights of individuals, unlike her.
Maybe “Chocolate Drop” should take her own advice and read OUR history, like when Thomas Jefferson signed into law “Act Prohibiting Slaves” which banned slave importation into the United States in 1807. I’m guessing with the new Common Core, “Chocolate Drop” missed that in her education.
Written by Nancy Hayes
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Chris Nuelle – Writer for Campus Reform – http://www.campusreform.org/?ID=6903