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  1. Dec 2017
    1. To know his rights; to exercise with order & justice those he retains

      I vividly remember learning in my engagement that students were permitted to beat slaves, I remember the story of the student that beat a 10 year old black girl for saying "what" as he felt she wasn't respecting or addressing him correctly. Is this justice? Is this hat a good student is meant to learn? Is this action enlightening? On Grounds, this was normal, but my biggest question was why this was enforced. How does abusing others make you a person of justice?

    2. It really comes to no surprise to me that education was established to serve the white upper class. What did surprise me was how blatant this report states it; I would have at least expected that one of this nation's Founding Fathers would try to uphold his very own words that "all men are created equal". By stating that the University should be more accessible to white people directly, this implies the Rockfish Gap Report was written to solely be seen by white people, the university will be run by them, funded by them and attended by them. I see no hope for any equality or growth within these conditions.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. Some good men, and even of respectable information, consider the learned sciences as useless acquirements

      The sciences are particularly noted perhaps because the lack of faith in belief. Science is technology for the most part is cumulative learned information over time and generations of active research. Faith can deny science and lack of funding can as well. A positive note is how science could have been rejected, as stated , even by the finest and most scholarly of men, but still push through to be part of UVA's early curriculum. That stands true to what the University stands to be today. Since this virtue is still alive on grounds today, we can assume many other ones are as well.

    2. The 1st. duty enjoined on them was to enquire & report a site in some convenient & proper part of the state for an University, to be called the “University of Virginia.”

      What is important to notice in this line is evaluating what the definition of proper was to the commissioners and why. Location was of great concern because their intentions are to keep the finest education exclusively to esteemed whites of wealth. They wanted this University to be that embodiment of "knowledge through power" and power was indeed a playing force in the dynamics of 19th Century UVA. Virginia's vast plantations and overwhelming reliance on slavery was shadowed by Thomas Jefferson's view on what should represent Virginia, this being rich, white educated men ready to lead and take forth, but not without the convenience of being served in a University that so fed into racism and white supremacy.