I am a retired sociologist whose many research projects have focused, almost by chance, on minority communities and minority issues, with the purpose of better or different applied policy. I was depressed on my first visit to Monticello, as expressed in my online comments, by the discrepancy between Jefferson's words and behaviors. I was gratified to see the online discussions on slavery then and now on the website.
I was depressed by my first and only visit to Monticello by what I considered to be a copout by the institution on the issue of slavery and the Great Man, the distance between his voice and his actions. I understand that the decision about the discrepancy is intended to be made by each visitor, especially as its raises the visibility of the slavery experience and its legacy in its museum function. But somehow its presentation of a polymath, politician, author, and so on seemed to overwhelm what, if any opinion, the institution had. So, I was gratified to find the Monticello Summit online to address the past in the present and wish the consensus about our Union and its peoples were more clearly presented to those expecting more from Monticello.