It may be a city with a golden gate, but that’s not what it’s streets are paved with. But what the streets are paved with does, at least, match what’s coming out of the city government.
As with most liberal havens, that would be poop. But, you know, feel free to think of a different word for poop. I shant give you any shiggestions about how to bash it.
The latest crap idea out of the pile by the bay is from the school board, of course. They’ve decided to destroy a fantastic and landmark mural that depicts the life of George Washington. Because of wokeness. I feel like we were just talking about this, you know?
They think George is controversial. Too controversial a figure to display heroically in a place of wokeness like … George Washington High School, which is where the mural by artist has been on display since Depression-era muralist Victor Arnautoff painted it 83 years ago.
The Associated Press laid out the argument made by the school board. Hold onto your wooden teeth, you may feel the urge for a spit take.
The San Francisco School Board’s decision to paint over the 83-year-old mural is prompting some to worry that other artwork from the so-called New Deal era could face a similar fate because of changing sensitivities.
In addition to depicting Washington as a soldier, surveyor and statesman, the 13-panel, 1,600-sqaure foot mural at George Washington High School contains images of white pioneers standing over the body of a Native American and slaves working at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.
The board’s decision last week comes at a time when the legacies of Washington and other historical figures who owned slaves are being re-examined. Some cities have changed the names of streets and buildings named after slave owners.
That’s actually a pretty dang good word for it. The sensitive little flowers and their precious sensitivities.
Mark Sanchez, vice president of the school board and a third-grade teacher, said students who must walk past the mural during the school day don’t have a choice about seeing the harmful images. “Painting it over represents not only a symbolic fresh start, but a real fresh start,” he said.
I have a theory. If you can’t accept George Washington or the Betsy Ross flag, then you can’t and don’t accept America. So how about you get on out? And you know what? Take your piles of street poop with you okay? Thanks.
Anyway, at least there is some dissent, oddly packaged.
Lope Yap, Jr., vice president of the Washington High School Alumni Association and a 1970 graduates, disagreed, saying when he was a student and saw the mural he was “awed by the subtle ways Arnautoff was able to critique American history.” He said the depictions are “treasures, priceless art” and painting it over is tantamount to pretending the history depicted never happened.
That’s better than nothing, but not as good as “if you don’t like it, get the hell out.”
It ain’t painted over yet, and there is still, at least as a matter of scheduling, time to stop them painting over it. But considering the city where this is taking place, I wouldn’t bet a cherry tree on it.