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A San Francisco school district is on track to rename Abraham Lincoln High School because the former president who abolished slavery is “problematic” and didn’t do enough to prove that so-called “black lives” mattered to him.
This week the San Francisco United School District’s School Names Advisory Committee issued a proposal that called for renaming dozens of schools primarily because their namesakes weren’t deferential enough to black people.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, members of the committee believe all of the namesakes, including Lincoln, “lived a life so stained with racism, oppression or human rights violations, they do not deserve to have their name on a school building.”
“Uprooting the problematic names and symbols that currently clutter buildings, streets, throughout the city is a worthy endeavor,” committee chairman Jeremiah Jeffries, a black man who teaches 1st grade in the district, told the Chronicle.
“Only good can come from the public being reflective and intentional about the power of our words, names, and rhetoric within our public institutions.”
The Chronicle further noted in its reporting that Jeffries “said the narrative of Lincoln’s legacy is false” and that “the Civil War was not fought over slavery or the liberation of Black people.”
“Lincoln, like the presidents before him and most after, did not show through policy or rhetoric that Black lives ever mattered to them outside of human capital and as casualties of wealth building,” he said in his own words.
The proposal also slams Lincoln for allegedly mistreating Native American Indians.
“Abraham Lincoln is not seen as much of a hero at all among many American Indian Nations and Native peoples of the United States, as the majority of his policies proved to be detrimental to them,” it claims.
The proposal also targets former President George Washington for being a “slaveowner, colonizer,” former President Thomas Jefferson for being a “slaveowner” and even Paul Revere for being “directly connected to the colonization of the Penobscot.”
Yet shockingly, the committee decided to not call for the renaming of César Chávez Elementary School, despite Chávez’s history of reportedly demeaning illegal aliens with ethnic slurs and encouraging his union supporters to beat them.
One individual who is included, hilariously enough, is Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
“Shes responsible for the eviction of a whole Pilipino neighboorhood, and the police brutaility, allowed police dogs to atack filipino veteran elders. She repeatly protected and flew the confederate flag in front of sf city hall,” the poorly written passage pertaining to her reads.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the “eviction allegation was an apparent reference to the International Hotel, where 150 elderly Chinese and Filipino tenants were evicted in 1977, prior to the building’s demolition.”
However, the Paper notes “Feinstein did not become mayor until the following year.”
Judging by the flawed reasoning provided for the renaming recommendations, it seems the proposal reeks of left-wing political bias — which is to say it purposefully only targets the enemies of the left, including Feinstein.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) December 10, 2020
Moreover, the proposal seems to try to judge men of the past on the “woke” standards of today. It’s a common tactic that’s been embraced by the left in its attempts to essentially eliminate and rewrite American history by renaming buildings and, in some cases, toppling statues.
“Most of the effort to rewrite American history has its roots among the intellectual elite on our college campuses whose message has been sold to predominantly white college students who have little understanding of how they are being used. Much of their current focus is on tearing down statues and changing names that they deem offensive,” the late Walter Williams noted in an August column.
“They have denounced George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. Without much understanding of history, they have demanded that Princeton University remove the name of Woodrow Wilson, who was a progressive, from its public policy school and residential college. Some are urging Yale University to change its name because its benefactor Elihu Yale was a slave trader.”
What makes this tactic so odious, Walters continued, is that it’s the exact same tactic that’s been used time and time again by tyrants.
“A tyrant’s first battlefield is to rewrite history. Most notable were the political purges of Joseph Stalin. The Soviet government erased figures from Soviet history by renaming cities – such as the Imperial capital of St. Petersburg to Petrograd and Leningrad and Stalingrad – and eradicating memories of czarist rule,” he explained.
“Stalin’s historical revisions also included changing photographs and history books, thereby distorting children’s learning within educational establishments.”
And now, roughly 80 years after Stalin’s purge, the same thing appears to be happening in the United States …
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