Like a Bush Hog slashing the unruly grass running the shoulder of a highway, the progressives’ woke ideology continues to mow down American history and common sense.
San Francisco, perhaps not surprisingly, brings us the latest example of this madness.
In one fell swoop, the city’s school board, pushing an alleged anti-racism agenda, voted 6-1 to rename 44 schools that carried the monikers of titans of American history.
In a statement, school board President Gabriela López, said, “This resolution came to the School Board in the wake of the attacks in Charlottesville, and we are working alongside the rest of the country to dismantle symbols of racism and White supremacy culture. I am excited about the ideas schools will come up with.”
(Source: NBC Bay Area)
“We are committed to dismantling this work, this virus of racism,” Lopez told NBC Bay Area’s Lili Tan, who reported it will cost an estimated $10,000 to rename the schools.
George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson were the biggest names that failed to survive the cut.
But the list also included figures such as James Monroe, Francis Scott Key, Daniel Webster, Paul Revere and a Roosevelt. On the latter, in a move that symbolizes the intellectual short-sightedness at work here, the school board majority didn’t know if that meant Theodore or Franklin Delano, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Even those who, like Lincoln, became historical figures because they fought for the cause to rescue black Americans from slavery will be memory-holed. The list includes Union Army Gens. William Tecumseh Sherman, who is named after a renowned chief of the Shawnee tribe, and Phil Sheridan, as well as the poet James Lowell, an abolitionist.
A new level of stupid!🤦🏼♂️ If these schools are offended by two of the greatest presidents in our country’s history then I guess we should just erase all of our history 🤦🏼♂️ because this is just absurd🤦🏼♂️
— Joseph Maw (@BigClemson) January 27, 2021
Then there were some who are real head-scratchers.
For example, John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, is out. Muir, according to the Sierra Club, which also has washed its hands of him, once had not-so-nice things to say about blacks and Native Americans. The group voted to disown him even though “his views evolved later in his life,” the club said. Current Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a former city mayor and for decades one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate, made the list. Feinstein reportedly replaced a Confederate flag that had been torn down on city property.
Places also were not immune. Some schools to be renamed include Alamo Elementary, Presidio Middle (named after a military base in the city) and El Dorado, a mythical “city of gold” in Spanish culture.
For more polical correctness, I strongly recommend use George Floyd followed by a serial number for differentiation purpose, for all schools.
— 北去南飞雁 (@RHinSyd01) January 27, 2021
San Francisco Mayor London Breed, no one’s idea of a conservative by any stretch, criticized the decision.
Cancel culture at its finest. This is getting ridiculous. Washington, Lincoln are two of the finest men to ever serve our country. Erasing their memory is a travesty. Shameful behaviour even for California.
— Randy Rogers (@gospelsinger99) January 27, 2021
On one hand she said she understood the vote and agreed schools should be named after inspiring people. But she added, “What I cannot understand is why the school board is advancing a plan to have all these schools renamed by April when there isn’t a plan to have our kids back in the classroom by then. Our students are suffering, and we should be talking about getting them in classrooms, getting them mental health support, and getting them the resources they need in this challenging time.”
It’s good to see educators in San Francisco have their priorities in order.
The coronavirus is hammering California, crime in San Fran is rising, and in some areas of the city, people have to tip-toe past excrement deposited by the homeless and needles cast down by drug addicts, but at least they won’t be troubled by the sight of George Washington High School or Jefferson Elementary.
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