I'm interested in the past and how it is constantly reinterpreted to serve the interests of the present.
I had been wondering how this issue would be resolved and it seems that it has been resolved by the white descendants that it remain unresolved, but in whose interests? I find the mental (and moral) gymnastics of the white Jefferson descendants to be those of white American society regarding slavery writ small. There is a narcissistic unwillingness to accept any of the thorny realities of the past on the part of too many whites, and therefore its consequences, so we (as a country) don't/can't grow, we don't/can't heal, we don't/can't learn. But I guess for some it's better to be self-satisfied than have integrity, or even a passing relationship with honesty.