Americans take great pride in our Founding Fathers. Three of the greatest names in history are George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. The San Francisco school district has now voted to effectively ‘cancel’ these great Americans and other historical figures and remove them from the names of 44 schools because they are somehow racist. Someone should issue a memo reminding everyone that it was Lincoln who freed the slaves.
The vote was 6 to 1 on Tuesday in favor of renaming the schools. This is a move that San Francisco school board members have been threatening for some time and it looks like they have now crossed the Rubicon over it.
It is true that Washington and Jefferson both owned slaves but it was an issue of their time. Washington’s family owned slaves and Jefferson was in debt and could not set his slaves free under current law. As for Abraham Lincoln who ended slavery, somehow he became a target because his critics claim he oppressed indigenous people.
The presidents aren’t alone on the cut list. It is a long one. Others include Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words to the National Anthem, former presidents William McKinley, James Garfield, James Monroe, and Herbert Hoover, Revolutionary War hero Paul Revere and author Robert Louis Stevenson.
Even leftist politicians weren’t spared as one elementary school named for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) will be changed over allegations that she replaced a damaged Confederate flag outside of City Hall when she was the city’s mayor in 1986. She didn’t replace the flag after it was ripped down and damaged a second time.
This is yet another chapter in anti-racism and cancel-culture run amok across America. Statues of the Founding Fathers have been torn down across the nation by those who seem to not know history at all.
Fire the Nut-Jobs running the San Francisco Schools that are supposed to be renamed and send them to aplogize to the History Teachers they were taught by growing up.
STOP the Social Justice Bull-Crap already!!!
— Fulfill Your Ministry (@your_fulfill) December 31, 2020
Mayor London Breed ironically stood against the plan in October and called it “offensive,” saying the school board should be focused on reopening schools closed during the pandemic rather than renaming them.
“It’s offensive to parents who are juggling their children’s daily at-home learning schedules with doing their own jobs and maintaining their sanity,” Breed stated. “It’s offensive to me as someone who went to our public schools, who loves our public schools, and who knows how those years in the classroom are what lifted me out of poverty and into college. It’s offensive to our kids who are staring at screens day after day instead of learning and growing with their classmates and friends.”
Renaming the schools will cost more than $400,000, according to Courthouse News. That doesn’t include the monstrous potential tab of approximately $1 million to get new uniforms, repaint gym floors, rebrand publications, etc. They are already facing a deficit and this will make it much worse.
The new names chosen for the schools must adhere to a new set of guidelines, including that individuals honored are not slave owners or abetted in slavery or genocide, attached to human rights abuses, or are “known racists and/or white supremacists.”
— Raj Mathai (@rajmathai) January 27, 2021
The school board spent their whole meeting going over replacing school names and never even got around to discussing reopening schools.
Many critics accused the panel of getting little to no input from historians on the namesakes. They weren’t put into historical context and their contributions vs. their failings were not considered or weighed at all. In fact, their sources used to justify the move were weak and they utilized notoriously unreliable websites such as Wikipedia to make their decision.
For instance, the board wasn’t sure whether Roosevelt Middle School was named after FDR or Teddy Roosevelt, so just to be progressively safe, they renamed it.
Board member Mark Sanchez declared the decision a “moral message.”
“It’s a message to our families, our students, and our community. It’s not just symbolic,” he stated.
Board member Kevine Boggess went so far as to suggest that schools shouldn’t be named after anyone.
“We should not make heroes out of mortal folks,” he proclaimed. “I think we need to examine our naming policies across the district and really consider how the way we go about naming schools reflects our true values.”
Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) noted: “San Francisco can’t figure out how to safely open schools. But they have the time and energy to cancel Abraham Lincoln.”
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