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  • Students at NY's Hofstra want Jefferson statue removed

  • Some students at New York's Hofstra University want a Thomas Jefferson statue removed because Jefferson was a slave owner who believed black people were inherently inferior to whites. Ja'loni Owens started a Change.org petition demanding that administrators of the university remove the statue. Hofstra administrators said in a statement they "look forward to continuing a civil exchange of ideas and perspectives on the subject." A Friday protest is planned.

, FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2016 file photo taken at the Thomas Jefferson statue on the Hofstra University campus in Hempstead, N.Y., students assisting with an upcoming presidential debate pose with the statue, which some students at the school would now liked removed because Jefferson was a slave owner who believed black people were inherently inferior to whites. From left are Madison Wright, Jordan Heiden, and Qian Xiong. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman, File)

28 of March 2018 15:54:27

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — Some students at New York's Hofstra University want a Thomas Jefferson statue removed because Jefferson was a slave owner who believed black people were inherently inferior to whites.

Student Ja'loni Owens started a Change.org petition demanding that administrators of the university on Long Island remove the statue and "no longer display it on campus."

Owens and other student activists are planning a Friday protest in front of the statue.

Although he wrote that "all men are created equal," Jefferson owned more than 600 slaves over the course of his life.

Jefferson believed that black and white people could never live peacefully together because black people were racially inferior.

Hofstra administrators said in a statement they "look forward to continuing a civil exchange of ideas and perspectives on the subject."


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