VIDEO: Let's Change The Name Of The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Matt Vespa
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Posted: Jun 30, 2015 7:30 PM
VIDEO: Let's Change The Name Of The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

So, this happened (via Richmond Times-Dispatch):

Hillary Rodham Clinton will headline the Democratic Party of Virginia’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner on June 26.

Details still are being finalized, but the event, traditionally held in Richmond, is expected to take place at George Mason University in Northern Virginia — a Democratic vote- and cash-rich region of this crucial presidential swing state.

Last year’s “JJ” dinner speaker was Rep. James E. Clyburn, D-S.C. This year, with several major 2016 presidential candidates up and running, Clinton’s high-profile visit — her first campaign stop in Virginia — could boost her 2016 bid in the commonwealth.

MRCTV’s Dan Joseph appeared to be on the hallowed grounds of George Mason University and found that most people agreed that “JJ” should be renamed to signal a change in the times. One person felt the dinner’s name was grounded in history and didn’t need to be changed, but most seem to have had strong feelings about Andrew Jackson. One woman said if she had it her way, Mr. Jackson would be off the $20 bill. Another man said that the Democratic Party had other prominent leaders that could replace Jackson and Jefferson’s names for the dinner.

Some folks even listed their candidates to replace Jefferson and Jackson for the dinner; some thought Carter-Clinton, Kennedy-Obama, Kennedy–Clinton, and Roosevelt-Johnson were good combinations.

Folks are trying to ban, or erase more or less, the Confederate flag and its impact on our history. It seems the names of dinners are in the cross hairs as well.