Black Lives Matter targets UVA Thomas Jefferson monument

Black Lives Matter protesters at the University of Virginia targeted a statue of Thomas Jefferson on Tuesday night.

The monument, which sits just in front of the rotunda on the university's main quad was cloaked in black and decorated with signs that said 'Black Lives Matter' and 'TJ is a racist'.

Roughly 100 students were at the protest and helped adorn the statue, all the while chanting 'No , no KKK, no racist UVA,' according to the Washington Times. 

The protest came on the month-anniversary of the violent and deadly Unite the Right demonstration in Charlottesville over plans to remove a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee.

The statue of Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia was cloaked in black and decorated with signs that said 'Black Lives Matter' and 'TJ is a racist' by a group of protesters Tuesday night

The statue of Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia was cloaked in black and decorated with signs that said 'Black Lives Matter' and 'TJ is a racist' by a group of protesters Tuesday night

Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819, and so his statue sits in the center of the main quad in front of the rotunda 

Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia in 1819, and so his statue sits in the center of the main quad in front of the rotunda 

'One month ago, we stood on the front lines in downtown Charlottesville as all manner of white supremacists, neo-Nazis an neo-fascists swarmed the area,' a speaker said to the crowd, according to the Daily Progress. 

'Two months ago, the Ku Klux Klan rallied in their safe space, fully robed and fully protected by multiple law enforcement agencies who brutalized and tear-gassed peaceful counter-protesters.' 

The rally was organized as a response to the university denying requests last month by the Black Student Alliance to ban white supremacists from campus and remove all Confederate plaques on the rotunda. 

'We can and must condemn the violence of one month ago and simultaneously recognize Jefferson as a rapist, racist and slave owner,' the speaker, who was not identified, said at the demonstration. 

'The visibility of physical violence from white supremacists should not take our attention away from condemning and

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