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007 Hoo

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"That there is also activism should not be a surprise to any of us."

In other words, "What are you going to do?" What a leader. How about, "Say what you want, but you're wrong and here's why"? This is in stark contrast to her response to the "quit quoting Jefferson so much letter" from a few months ago, which I thought was actually quite good.

Here's the email she just sent:

Dear alumni and friends of the University,

Last night about forty students held a demonstration on the north side of the Rotunda and as part of this demonstration, they shrouded the Jefferson statue, desecrating ground that many of us consider sacred. I strongly disagree with the protestors’ decision to cover the Jefferson statue. University personnel removed the shroud. One person was arrested for public intoxication. These are the facts of the situation, regardless of what you may read in media accounts of those who have their own agenda.

Coming just one month after the August 11 torchlight march by 300 racist and anti-Semitic protesters, a march that became violent, this event has reminded us that there are critical and sometimes divisive issues related to the exercise of free expression in an inclusive community.

I would like to frame this issue somewhat differently. Thomas Jefferson was an ardent believer in freedom of expression, and he experienced plenty of abusive treatment from the newspapers of his day. He would likely not be surprised to find that when there are critical disagreements in the polity, those disagreements will find expression at his University. UVA's importance as a university is underscored by the fact that arguments about free expression, hate speech, and similar issues occur here. Sometimes these arguments are noisy.

In your own college days, many of you experienced protests and activism at UVA. The war in Vietnam, Watergate, 9/11, and many other issues have been discussed, debated, and protested at UVA. We are at another such point. I prefer the process of discussion and debate, and the debate is happening here at UVA with a wide variety of guest speakers, panels, and other opportunities to look at underlying issues. That there is also activism should not be a surprise to any of us.

With my best wishes,

Teresa A. Sullivan

Posted: 09/13/2017 at 11:54AM


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Current Thread:
  I see absolutely nothing wrong with that letter ** -- darkstar 09/13/2017 11:56AM
  It's an opportunity lost ** -- 007 Hoo 09/13/2017 12:00PM
  Her entire tenure has been an opportunity lost. ** -- HoosForward 09/13/2017 12:52PM
  To do or say what? ** -- 111Balz 09/13/2017 12:05PM
  To denounce a bunch of shit heads. ** -- BEASTHOO 09/13/2017 3:19PM
  You read the BSA demands differently than I do -- 007 Hoo 09/13/2017 12:27PM
  They asked for a plaque ** -- darkstar 09/13/2017 3:34PM
  Specifically, for now -- 007 Hoo 09/13/2017 3:35PM
  You're reading it accurately. Balz is spinning. Again. ** -- G-Len Portier 09/13/2017 2:20PM
  How so? specifically? ** -- 111Balz 09/13/2017 8:27PM
  He just doesn't learn, does he? ** -- WahooKnows 09/13/2017 3:22PM
  To apologize to the protesters -- Wahoos6 09/13/2017 12:08PM
  I think it is pretty appropriate ** -- 111Balz 09/13/2017 12:00PM

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