Well, no, you shouldn’t. But here’s my point in asking the question.
These were great people. In launching the best nation in the history of the world, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
He served as the third president of that nation, negotiated the Louisiana Purchase, sent Lewis and Clark across the continent and put the nation on a path to become a beacon of freedom to the world.
Yes, he owned slaves, as did many people throughout the world at that time. But in his intellect, his morality and his words, he set the stage for the abolition of that ancient heinous practice four score and seven years later.
Winston Churchill declared in the darkness of Nazi Germany’s conquest of Europe and their planned invasion of Britain, “We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
Against all odds, his side saved the world by beating the fascists. Real fascists, not the kind manufactured by trendy and politically correct modern leftism to name-call people who disagree with them politically.
Mahatma Gandhi said, “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” He succeeded in opening the eyes of the world to free India from colonialism. Notably, he succeeded because he espoused non-violence but also because his adversary was Britain, which respected his principled objections and not, say, the Soviet Union which would have steamrollered him as they did Hungary.
Now we are informed that these three and countless other great persons were racists and require cancelation. Maybe they were indeed racists, by today’s standards anyway.
But here’s the thing. If I must stand with (1) bullies who boast that they’re “trained Marxists,” who deem looting to be “reparations,” and who cheer the murder of people they disagree with, or (2) three of the best of humanity, I know which I’ll choose.
BLM and its campaign are overplaying their hand. To their detriment and ours.