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Left Trying to Change History by Erasing Washington from Schools

In the halls of San Francisco’s George Washington High School, 13 frescoes of George Washington reside. The mural and its panels are called “The Life of Washington,” and was painted 1936 by Russian immigrant and artist Victor Arnautoff. The images the art depicts are meant to be a realistic representation of Washington’s life, including his association with both Native American peoples and slaves.

However, many feel that it should be removed from the walls of the school as the images bring up points in our history that can make individuals feel uncomfortable. Educators, parents, students and the school board alike have found them to be offensive, saying that it “glorifies slavery, genocide, colonization, manifest destiny, white supremacy, oppression, etc.

On the opposite side of the argument are leftists who, while not altogether agreeing with the message of the paintings, are not willing to let art and a piece of the school’s history be destroyed just because someone was offended.

In June the matter was brought before the Board of Education, which decided to remove to murals or whitewash over them. While the school board noted that America should not simply forget the wrongs our past, they decided that the halls of a school might not be the best place for teaching that lesson.

Washington’s actual life and the images displayed in this series of art are chucked full of ideas that are not acceptable today. Washington is seen in these murals as a man who not only participated in owning other human beings and in the extermination of Native Americans but as a leader who allowed an entire nation to do likewise.

And many are enraged by these facts. Native American activist Amy Anderson says that the images show “American history form the colonizer’s perspective.”

However, those that fight for murals to stay say that covering them up won’t change history. And the school board’s decision has not gone over well as a result.

What we have here is battle that pits left against left, with two very different viewpoints. One side is worried about the liberal tradition of being able to express oneself above all, while the other new-age progressive claims that you have the right to be offended by everything.

So on Tuesday, the board was brought in to vote on the issue again, with school board President Stevon Cook offering somewhat of a compromise. He proposed that the school cover them up, not with paint in a way that would destroy them, but by creating some other form of artwork to be placed over the paintings.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported, “Cook said that most people should agree that the 13-panel mural ‘depicts the racist history of America’ and said that it’s important to acknowledge the ‘racism, discrimination, and the dehumanizing of people of color and women in American history.”

“The Board authorizes staff to develop a project assessing a range of alternatives…that removes from public view the Arnautoff Mural at George Washington High School using solid panels or reasonably similar equivalent material, means, or methods.”

While the new artwork will take years to complete, it is to portray “the heroism of people of color in American, how we have fought against, and continue to battle discrimination, racism, hatred, and poverty,” according to Cook.

He said in a later statement, “I know this alternative is harmful to those who wanted to paint it over and there are people in the preservation community who think we’re going too far by covering the mural. Our schools need to be places where all students feel safe, seen, and supported.”

While we can agree on that last statement, we must consider the price to do so. Does a wall that contains images of our nation’s past really make anyone feel unsafe? Do they think that somehow the wrongs that were committed those hundreds of years prior are going to be allowed to transpire again?

No, what it does is merely make some feel uncomfortable. It brings to mind a time in our history that contained ideas that should not be tolerated and were atrocious. However, that doesn’t mean that we can just ignore that they happened in the hopes that somehow that will make up for it.

As an actor, civil rights activist, and alumni of this particular school Danny Glover says, “You have to feel uncomfortable to sense what the past is and how the past is connected to the future.”

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  10. One can “Judge” History…..But you cannot change it!….{ after the fact}…….Why are the Socialists, Communists, ‘Anti-American minions, trying to change History, by ignoring it? Who has this power to do that? The Board of Education, ‘select” which History books for the students to read, thus, “indoctrinating” students in Public Education…….”They are “NOT”, teaching them,…..they are brainwashing them!

    The definition is “Education”…..NOT…..Indoctrination! Students deserve to know all the historical facts, then decide which part of History, was, “good”, & which part is not to be repeated! When I was in high school, I took “Civics”, American History, & World History! My “Teacher”, laid out all the facts, & left the political decisions to each their own, for preference!….{ That’s the way it “SHOULD BE”!}

  11. Is the author of this post that stupid, or is he a right wing troll?

  12. I was disappointed even I visited George Washington’s home three weeks ago. Most of the furniture was gone and NO ONE TALKED ABOUT OUR FIRST PRESIDENT AND WHAT HE DID FOR AMERICA. Evidently, the liberals have removed all history from his home. Waste of my money. If they refuse to tell about his life, his fight for our freedoms, and his presidency, they should stop all tours and charging for NOTHING. It was not like my trip there seven years ago. VERY DISAPPOINTED.

  13. You can not erase history. Please accept that you are not God, move on and grow up. The left is bordering on insanity.

  14. When are we going to stop our denial that marxist academia and their communist unions are terrorist organizations committed to brainwashing students to violent actions and the creation of “Antifa” and label them for what they really are “ terrorists”??

  15. Danny Glover, you’re right!!

  16. History, good bad or indifferent it critical to our understanding. It should NEVER be erased.

  17. One good turn deserves another…..let’s start shooting up all the street signs in every city that say “MLK BLVD”…..Fk ’em if they can’t take a joke……

  18. Africans sold their people to the slavers so I guess we should wipe out all the countries that were responsible for that .

  19. The San Francisco Chronicle reported, “Cook said that most people should agree that the 13-panel mural ‘depicts the racist history of America’ and said that it’s important to acknowledge the ‘racism, discrimination, and the dehumanizing of people of color and women in American history.”

    ” CALIFORNIA AND THE LEFT HAVE NO RIGHT TO ERASE HISTORY..PERIOD”

    The only thing they are trying to do is to continue the DIVISION of our COUNTRY like OBAMA STARTED.
    THE PAST SHOULD BE PUT INTO THE ARCHIVES.
    WE AS A NATION DO NOT WANT THIS TO CONTINUE. EVEN BLACK PEOPLE OWNED SLAVES…..ARE WE GOING TO WIPE THEM OUT ALSO.
    LEAVE THE MURAL UP./LEAVE IT ALONE…………………ARREST ANYONE TRYING TO WIPE IT OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH. GEORGE WASHINGTON REPRESENTS USA 0 THE FATHER OF OUR NATION.

    CALIFORNIA SHOULD SINK INTO THE OCEAN AND OUR TROUBLES WOULD BE OVER…AS WELL AS NEW YORK, MARYLAND, PA. AND OTHER UNHAPPY BLACK PEOPLE WHO CANNOT SEE WHAT THE LEFT IS DOING/. TRYING TO MAKE THIS COUNTRY COMMUNISTIC/FASCIST LIKE VENEZUELA AND CUBE.
    WAKE UP PEOPLE ..IT IS A MURAL BUT THE OBJECT OF WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS WRONG FROM THE GET GO.
    SHAME ON CALI IF THEY LET THIS HAPPEN.

  20. okay we have officially become insane… Take everything away because it offends someone someway… Take all the history about the Mafia or Black Hand because it insults Italians,, Remove De Niro because he is offensive and apologize because he is Italian how about Mussolini, Peron, all world leaders HITLER… all of history can be offensive.. Caligula, Cesars,, erase the crusades all wars, 9 11.. come on people grow up and get real. It is or was part of our history To erase it is like saying we do not exist… Like it or not it is the history of man, some evil and nasty and some wonderful and shows the best side of man but that would probably offend someone too!!! give us a break..

  21. History is history no matter what you do it happened and you can not change it. There is no need to hide it it use it to teach the the future generations not to make the same mistakes.

  22. If the halls of a school might not be the best place for teaching that lesson. Then where is a “good place”? Those that forget history that has passed, are in danger of repeating that history.

  23. How about removing liberals from schools? They should be teaching history as it was not as they want it to be. After all, history repeats itself. People just don’t want to learn from the mistakes of themselves let alone those of others.

  24. These people owe George Washington more than they will ever have. Their ingratitude is enormous. They are unworthy of the nation he did so much to establish. By the way, he was born into a slave-holding society, established by the British; the slaves were sold by their fellow Africans to Arab Muslim slave traders, and George Washington manumitted his slaves; in his will, he provided that all those younger than a certain age would be taught a trade so they could be self-sufficient, and those older were supported by General Washington’s estate until their natural death.

    Also, WHITE people got rid of the slave trade, and of slavery in the US and in the British Empire. Islam still recognizes slavery. Slavery is as old as the human race.

    Several of General Washington’s aides de camp were abolitionists; John Laurens was killed in the waning days of the War of the American Revolution; Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel.

    Show me a better nation, critics.

  25. HOW CAN THEY DO THAT WITHOUT THE CONSENT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE ????????????????????????????????????????

  26. So following leftist reasoning, we need to destroy the US Constitution.

  27. I am sick of the politically correct bs…..it is our history maybe the kids in school should learn from it and have a back and forth discussion not just shoved down there throats one way only…..don’t destroy our history and go back to teaching history from the revolution and the constitution so that our kids will be educated not indoctrinated only….in Poland they keep the remnants of communism to keep fresh in the minds of the people what they don’t want to go back to….

  28. They say that there is good and bad in everyone.

    GW was in fact that. Don’t take him out of history as it was history! Remove the pictures that are offending someone and not someone reading into what they think/believe.

  29. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE.
    George Washington is the father of our country, he is the general who won the American Revolution, he was the first president of America but, the only fact that matters to you is that he was a slave owner. I certainly don’t condone slavery in any WAY, SHAPE OR FORM. but that is only one part of who he was. Why don’t you condemn blacks who enslaved blacks a long time before whites did? Why don’t you condemn Muslims who not only enslaved blacks but, castrated them? Why are the whites the only evil slave owners and other slave owners are not evil?

  30. My concern is “Trying to Change Our Heritage” ! There will “Never be a “Panacea” for All the Mistakes Humans” have made ! Removing Our History in Order to Appease the Present Generations by Destroying the Acts of People Who Helped make America the “Freedom Country it is Today”! Is “Ludicrous”! As most Americans (Born or Immigrants) are Christians ! So shall we go back and change History for the Past 3,000 years, because we are not all in Agreement with its Scriptures ? How far back must we go in order to make America acceptable by “All the People” who don’t Accept the Lives of others Who made Our History, regardless of whether we Like or Accept it ! We can’t Change what has happen in the Past Life Times, we can Only Learn from their Mistakes, an Not do the same Again ! If You Destroy any Foundation of any thing, you’ll end up with Nothing ! Everyone is Entitled to One’s Opinion, just as I am entitled to mine ! But it makes No Sense to try and “Eliminate the Past” to Please us today!

    W.Donald Jackson,USN-Ret.

  31. Hard to imagine Americans are this stupid that they want to emulate communists and expunge history. History us a FACT that you cannot change. Some good, some bad. If seeing a painting depicting a FACT affects your self esteem ,you are a pathetic case and covering the painting will not help. Consider growing a backbone or a brain. No shock this is happening in communist California.

  32. The history of America is precious and should not be forgotten this country belongs to those that keep her constitution and not to be ashamed of we are the greatestnayiom I would die before I let some Ill bred poorly educated millennials or bow down to Islam. Obama opened the gates to he’ll and left them wide open we are being invaded from within and the drug cartels have bought and sold our politicians. If we have a civil war the entire world will in Nuke em all

  33. This is rapi g our country’s culture George Washington was not a racist. This country has a history Revolution civil war and it is all what we have been through our country was founded by white men we are not a nation of racist now. Slaves were brought here from African nations sold to us. Slavery was common world wide
    It is ugly and not bases on rave. We love our country all Americans black and white have fought against and as brothers together keep your communist ideas away God bless George Washington and his white ass

  34. Only stupid brats are behind the “remove Washington” nonsense. It’s an attention seeking behavior like farting in the lunch line. The people doing it have only glanced at a few bits and pieces extracted for their “education” by teachers who are unbelievably incompetent. Now these losers have something to yell about. Without the leadership principles articulated and led by George Washington, democracy worldwide would be greatly the less. To break this unusually stupid fad, students who present themselves as high school representatives of the “down with Washington” fad should
    be taken to the locker room by big coaches who know how to handle brats. There, they should be paddled until lhey scream. Then, they should have mandatory history classes for a year with a coach-observer, and regular paddling if they fail to learn reasonably.

  35. I am offended by these people wanting to change history. They are arrogant people who refuse to face facts. Our Country made mistakes but we had begun to grow until such people show how ignorant they are.

  36. These murals just depicted the life of George Washington and our country 225 years ago. The Founding Fathers created the greatest nation the world has ever seen as far as personal freedoms etc. They should celebrate the history displayed by these murals showing America as it was and the freedoms we have been given. Covering these murals does not change history.These murals simply show the past as it was. Our country is able to change and correct past injustices because of a Constitution created by The Founding Fathers.George Washington was one of them.

  37. WHEN WILL WE BE ABLE TO REMOVE LEFTIES FROM OUR SCHOOLS and FROM OUR COUNTRY?

  38. These should be preserved or sold to the highest bidder because I’m sure that this mural are worth a fortune in themselves…

  39. Listen , Removing George Washington from any school would be a disgrace. I would equate it to if someone wanted to removed Martin Luther King from schools and statues and history books.

  40. If it hadn’t of been for General Washington the idiots wouldn’t have a country to listen to their stupid complaints

  41. In this case, they should change the name of the school while they are at it. And with this kind of thinking, shouldn’t Washington state remove George Washington from the state flag, and while you at it maybe change the name of the state, and remove George Washington off of the mountain.

  42. The past is past. George Washington does not represent all the negative nonsense the leftists find offensive. It’s just history, The history of The USSR and Communism China is no better.
    Teaching children about the reality of this country should inspire them to continue the heritage of America and the work we have done to improve conditions because of our history.

  43. This is America and we are not down with Rape as a culture thing. Castrate him.

  44. Mr. Danny Glover, I Agree With You, Whole Heartedly, Sir! People Have To Learn From This Democratic Republic’s Forefathers/Past Leader’s (The United States Of America’s) Past Historical Mistakes! Learn To Understand The US Constitution, And Have To Obey And Abide By All Of The Time And To The Letter, And NOT Use That Word “Feeling”, Just Because He/She Is/Was A Friend/Bosom Buddy! Because IF That Bosom Buddy Did Kill/Waste/Smoke/Murder A Legal Citizen Of The USA, Or Steal/Damage Something That Some One Held Dearly , I Truly Do NOT Like Saying That He/She Has To Be Held Accountable For Their Attitudes And Actions! Mr. President George Washington And Mr. Thomas Jefferson Both Had Owned “Slaves”, But At The End Of Their Lives, Had In Their Hearts That They And More Of The Early US Citizens Set All Of Their “Slaves Free”, All Except Those Southern Democrats, Who Were The So-Called US Citizens That Did NOT Want To Set Their “Slaves Free”, All Because They Did NOT Want To Get Their Own Bodies Dirty Or Muddy. To Make All Their Stingy Fortunes, Which Was PLAIN, AWFULLY IN-HUMANE AND DISGUSTING! Children have to learn the true USA’s History, So They Will NOT REPEAT, WHAT THE EARLY COLONISTS DID IN THE USA’S PAST!!!

  45. This is happening all over our country. Yes to some it is offensive. But on the other hand these PEOPLE need to understand it was and forever shall be part of our history. What needs tone done is to make people understand that that was where we WERE and look at today and TOMORROW to make sure we have advanced way beyond the need for those actions now and in our future. But if you remove our history then you are lying to our children and their children forever and that information will be lost forever and our country will become lost forever and never the sam

  46. If it was not for bringing negros to America they would still be living in huts and lurning to out run lions & tagers & never been able to sit on there buts & get feed by some one else!

  47. You can not change History . I love Histort leave things ALONE

  48. Let’s erase these HORSES ASS Little Pukes from Society and solve the problem.

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