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‘Racist + Rapist’: Thomas Jefferson statue vandalized on his 275th birthday — at college he founded

A statue of Thomas Jefferson was vandalized with the phrase “Racist + Rapist” sprayed around its base with red paint Friday at the University of Virginia — the college that Jefferson, the third president of the United States, founded nearly 200 years ago.
The vandalism on the school’s Lawn was discovered Friday — Founder’s Day — which would have been Jefferson’s 275th birthday, WVIR-TV reported.
“Racist + Rapist”: Thomas Jefferson statue vandalized at UVA by @emilyjashinsky
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“The university is disappointed that individuals vandalized the statue of Thomas Jefferson on the Lawn on the day that we honor his contributions to our University and to our democracy,” the university said in a statement, the station reported. “The university recognizes the complexities of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy and continues to explore them fully

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