Thomas Jefferson OWNED slaves…while writing “All men are created equal”

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Les

I cannot reconcile his glorious words “All Men are created equal,” with his practice of slavery. I cannot even reconcile, Jefferson’s practice of the repeated rape of Sally Hemmings. All of this country’s founding fathers were flawed men. Trapped by the times, trapped by economics, trapped by ego. TJ was a debtor (the Library of Congress was founded by purchasing Jefferson’s personal library so he could pay off his debts), he promulgated lies through proxies about his best friend John Adams to win the presidential election of 1800, he opposed federalism then made the Louisiana Purchase, and maybe worst he advocated for the American Revolution, but not only didn’t fight he ran when it came to his front door – literally his front door. I could go on about TJ’s flaws. And yet, he made many, many significant contributions. Albert Einstein and JFK were serial womanizers. Gandhi slept with young children. Henry Ford was anti-Semitic. Even Peter denied Christ three times before the rooster crowed in the morning. The question in my mind is, “How do we weigh the pros and cons of any man or woman – particularly the great ones?”

James A

No- he said what he meant. All men. He didn’t think blacks would ever have the audacity to declare themselves men. To Jefferson, that would be akin to having his work mule declare equality. No need to distinguish something that’s an ‘impossibility’, which is the true depth of the disregard he had for the humanity of blacks.

Nik

U racist crap

Christine

He didn’t love her. He raped her repeatedly!! What choice could she have possibly had?!

Vickey

The very idea to force a human being to work for nothing is appalling in itself. But to regard the Forced Human Being as inferior is just Pure Hatred!!!

John Tanks

Thomas Jefferson was a lowlife who made slave out of his own children that he had by slave.

Lydia

The finished version that is in place was not what Jefferson originally wrote. Yes, he was a slave owner; he was a product of his time.

Karen

Product of his time and that made it right or justify the horror many African had to endure and still have to put of with in this decade.. unbelievable

Ed

He wasn’t shit other than a pig head bigoted racist who will be judged in hell!!!!

L A

SO IF EVERYONE IS JUMPING OFF BRIDGES IMMA JUMP TOO? IT TAKES A LOT OF COURAGE TO ACCEPT TRUTH AND OFT TIMES A PERSON HAS TO RISE TO THAT LEVEL.

Billie Nelomd

During this period Black people, aka Slaves were not considered as people but savages or 1/5 of a white man!! So how could he make concession that included AFRICAN AMERICANS.. This sentiment continue to resignates in 2020!! Very Sad!! He slept with them, fathrred9 children but NEVER DECLARED THEM HIS EQUAL NOR ANY OTHER PERSON OF COLOR!!!!

Derek

He meant all white men are created equal.

Ginger

The slave woman he had as his side chick was his wife’s half sister.

Joseph Seals

Yael how could u love someone & enslave them at the same time?