On Wednesday, Democratic Party leaders in Connecticut unanimously voted to remove the names of two former U.S. presidents from the name of its annual fundraising dinner under pressure from the NAACP. Because of their ties to slavery, the names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson will no longer be mentioned in the dinner’s name.
The decision was made in response to the tragic shooting at a historic Charleston, South Carolina church in which nine people were killed. Neil Vigdor said the decision “is believed to be unprecedented” and could prompt Democrats in other states to follow suit.
“I see it as the right thing to do,” said Party Chairman Nick Balletto. “I wasn’t looking to be a trailblazer or set off a trend that’s going to affect the rest of the country. Hopefully, they’ll follow suit when they see it’s the right thing to do,” he added. “You can’t change history, but you don’t have to honor it.”
Democrats, Vigdor said, “cited Jefferson and Jackson’s ownership of slaves as a key factor in the decision, as well as Jackson’s role in the removal of Native Americans from the southeastern U.S. in what was known as the Trail of Tears.” Connecticut NAACP head Scot X. Esdaile praised the decision as one that needed to be made.
“I would applaud the current leaders in Connecticut in making the symbolic first step and striving to right the wrongs of the past,” he said. “You can’t right all the wrongs, but I think it’s a symbolic gesture of our support for their party.”
Jefferson is considered by many to be the father of the Democratic Party. Jackson was the first “Democrat” elected to the highest office in the land. The name of John Bailey, a Democratic Party leader under former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, will more than likely remain. A new name for the event will reportedly be selected sometime in the fall.
Since the Charleston shooting, liberals led by groups like the NAACP, have engaged in what a number of people see as a Stalinist “purge” of history in an effort to allegedly end racism. The Atlanta, Georgia, chapter of the NAACP has demanded the destruction of a sculpture on Stone Mountain that depicts three Confederate leaders. Another NAACP chapter has demanded the removal of the Confederate uniform from a portrait of Robert E. Lee.
The Atlanta chapter has been compared to the Taliban and ISIS for wanting the destruction of the largest sculpture in the country. As we reported Thursday morning, Richard Rose, president of the Atlanta chapter, doubled down on his demand, while insinuating that those who wave the Confederate battle flag are racist traitors.