A mural of Washington painted in the 1930s is to be destroyed because students are “offended” at its depictions.
In a move that probably surprises no one, the San Francisco Board of Education voted this week to paint over a mural of the nation’s first president, George Washington. The march of removing traces of U.S. history continue at an unprecedented pace with shallow and emotional reasons being utilized as excuses to cover up or change historical records.
The center of the San Francisco George Washington “controversy”
is murals depicting the president standing near the corpse of a Native American
and another that shows Washington on his plantation with slaves, each painted in
a San Francisco high school in the 1930s.
The Education Board Commissioner, Mark Sanchez, stated:
This is reparations.
That’s it. That’s as simple a reason as the Board of
Education needed to paint over George Washington. Even if the entire 13 panel
series of the mural wasn’t offensive, two panels doomed the entire piece.
With the pervasive liberal attitude in San Francisco, it is
no wonder that the Board of Education offered no resistance to destroying the
mural, because, as Paloma Flores said:
It’s not a matter of offense, it’s a matter of the right to learn without a hostile environment. Intent does not negate lived experience.
This is ridiculous. Students are supposed to be attending
school to learn about history, not be offended by a painting of something that
happened over 200 years ago. Not one of the students has been personally affected
by George Washington’s life in the 1700s, especially with the strides American
has made in the field of civil rights.
Somehow making this cover up as even more absurd? The fact that it will take at least a year to finish.