Western philosophy professor Jason Hill stated that Former President Thomas Jefferson's hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, was wrong to discard its commemoration of Jefferson's birthday.
While on "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Hill claimed that the former president may have been a flawed man, but that he had also left a legacy.
"I think this was a great man that helped found this country. If we start by retroactively looking at the sins of great figures who have made enormous contributions to western philosophy, we are going to be left with a decimated history," the professor at DePaul University in Chicago said.
He added: "We must also remember some of the people who were bigots in their times bequeathed to us the legacy of tradition that gave us the emancipatory vocabulary to free ourselves from those bonds. Thomas Jefferson was one such man as well as the rest of the Founding Fathers themselves."
Hill stated that slavery was a "birth defect" of the United States, but added that the man who established his Monticello estate just south of Charlottesville also helped build a legacy that freed people from its bonds.
Charlottesville city officials voted to remove the holiday and voted in favor of Liberation and Freedom Day, to be commemorated on March 3. This holiday celebrates the anniversary of Union forces arriving in Virginia near the end of the Civil War in 1865.
In March, some students at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., called for the elimination of a Jefferson statue from the university, on grounds that he promoted racism and slavery.
In May, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg announced that he supported the Indiana Democratic Party's decision to rename its traditional Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, as both presidents were known to be slave owners.