In a brief blurb titled “OED Fun Fact,” the office promotes Monticello’s upcoming Naturalization Ceremony:
With July Fourth just a few days away consider participating in one our areas most unique traditions – the 60th annual Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello. Over 50 new American citizens will take the Oath of Allegiance on the front steps of the third presidents’ home. For more information click HERE. [sic]
This paragraph, obviously filtered through Charlottesville’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion department, refers to Monticello as “the third presidents’ home.” [sic]
Aside from glaring, elementary-school punctuation errors, the paragraph is unquestionably constructed to avoid mention of the forbidden name.
The aphonic reference to Thomas Jefferson as “the third president,” is eerily reminiscent of former City Councilor Wes Bellamy’s consistent, on-dais references to “45,” a leftist code-phrase spoken in lieu of saying “Donald Trump.”
While the Jefferson name-omission is notable, it is not unique. As Charlottesville City Government goes full-woke, language modifications, revisionist history, and other manifestations of Cultural Marxism will accelerate.