During a recent interview, Democrat presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said removing the names of former US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from current events was “the right thing to do” given their positions on slavery.
“I think it’s the right thing to do,” said Buttigieg, adding, “over time, you develop and evolve on the things you choose to honor, implying that “especially Jackson” should be removed.
“Jefferson’s more problematic,” Buttigieg said of the Founding Father, noting that “there’s a lot to admire in his thinking and his philosophy,” but said his stance on slavery justifies removing his name from current events.
“It’s not like we’re blotting him our of the history books, or deleting him from being the Founding Fathers,” said Buttigieg, “but naming something after somebody confers a certain amount of honor.”
The 2020 Democrat candidate went on to say that “racism isn’t some curiosity out of the past that we’re embarrassed about but moved on from.”