San Francisco’s poop isn’t just on the streets: School Board to deface George Washington mural over ‘changing sensitivities’

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.

CHANGING. SENSITIVITIES.

That’s actually a pretty dang good word for it. The sensitive little flowers and their precious sensitivities.

More:

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.

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99 thoughts on “San Francisco’s poop isn’t just on the streets: School Board to deface George Washington mural over ‘changing sensitivities’

  1. The U.S. as we know it is gone. Our founders would have these idiots flogged….and I’m being nice.

      1. @taurnil I totally get what you are saying and I agree, but I think they can drag this country down a lot lot lot lot more.

        1. Oh, you can bet they’re going too. They’ve successfully brainwashed the youth for at least a couple generations. Now they’ve seeped into corporate America.

          1. @ryan-o This country is so fu***d unless they wake up. They’re already “woke” so I doubt it will happen a second time in the opposite direction.

            1. Someday we’re going to have a “s#%t hits the fan” moment and these buttercups will get a taste of the real world. A wake up call, if you will.

  2. If you want to see a preview of what this Country would look like if the democrats were in power, visit, if you can stand it, the City of San Francisco. Poop and urine on the streets, homeless camps all over the place and stinks to high heaven. Democrats concern, painting over George Washington and concern over plastic straws. You cant make this stuff up.

  3. If you want to see a preview of what this Country would look like if the democrats were in power, visit, if you can stand it, the City of San Francisco. Poop and urine on the streets, homeless camps all over the place and stinks to high heaven. Democrats concern, painting over George Washington and concern over plastic straws. You cant make this stuff up.

  4. All so lawyers and bureaucrats get rich – “Most of the $600,000 earmarked for the project will go toward a required environmental review and to cover expected legal challenges.”

  5. Literal and figurative whitewashing. You do realize, when you whitewash history, it means it didn’t happen. Political Marxism sure is wonderful. /sarc

  6. So, let me guess – they’re going to replace it with a mural depicting Malcom X and Che in drag, hitting the bong, right?

    1. @nc checks and balances I couldn’t get the video to play, but I did see the pictures of the two parts of the mural causing the controversy. Thank you for posting.

      1. @lillie-belle Video? I don’t think there’s a video in the link. Just two separate pictures of the murals, and the story.

        1. @nc checks and balances The bottom half of my screen was a big white square with a red video play icon in the middle of it! Who knows what the heck my tablet did. It’s old and off balance, like me! :silly:

  7. :facepalmd: liberals. Where is the dead Indian in the painting that they find so insulting to their sensitivities? I see a dead soldier, but…

    1. @Conserve 58 I don’t think the picture above is the full mural. I enlarged it and have looked closely and think there’s more we aren’t seeing. There is an Indiana running from what appear to be long guns with sabers in the upper left corner. I also don’t see the slaves working at the Mount Vernon estate, although I think that’s what Is probably the beginning of in the upper right hand corner.

      1. Gee I know this is controversial but, in a depiction of war, wouldn’t there be dead people on both sides (as there are in this particular work)?

  8. Literal and figurative whitewashing. You do realize, when you whitewash history, it means it didn’t happen. Political Marxism sure is wonderful. /sarc

  9. The U.S. as we know it is gone. Our founders would have these idiots flogged….and I’m being nice.

      1. @taurnil I totally get what you are saying and I agree, but I think they can drag this country down a lot lot lot lot more.

        1. Oh, you can bet they’re going too. They’ve successfully brainwashed the youth for at least a couple generations. Now they’ve seeped into corporate America.

          1. @ryan-o This country is so fu***d unless they wake up. They’re already “woke” so I doubt it will happen a second time in the opposite direction.

            1. Someday we’re going to have a “s#%t hits the fan” moment and these buttercups will get a taste of the real world. A wake up call, if you will.

              1. @ryan-o As every day passes and they keep upping the ante, I think that day is coming faster and faster.

    1. @nc checks and balances I couldn’t get the video to play, but I did see the pictures of the two parts of the mural causing the controversy. Thank you for posting.

  10. My high school in Chicago Heights had murals in the foyer, probably dating back to the Depression, in the same exact style as Soviet propaganda posters of the era. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that they’re perfectly acceptable today.

    1. @dr-strangelove Don’t be so sure! I bet the Woke People will find something racist in them too. Anything old is BAD!

  11. :facepalmd: liberals. Where is the dead Indian in the painting that they find so insulting to their sensitivities? I see a dead soldier, but…

    1. @Conserve 58 I don’t think the picture above is the full mural. I enlarged it and have looked closely and think there’s more we aren’t seeing. There is an Indiana running from what appear to be long guns with sabers in the upper left corner. I also don’t see the slaves working at the Mount Vernon estate, although I think that’s what Is probably the beginning of in the upper right hand corner.

    1. @warren-z There isn’t as far as I can tell. The AP forgot that the injuns were skins and we were shirts.

  12. Arnautoff was a communist and the picture was intended to show the darker side of the founding.

    Still ridiculous that it’s being taken down, but politics makes for strange bedfellows indeed.

    1. The entire founding was dark side. We birthed this nation in blood. It was never going to be any other way. From the British, to the loyalists, to the traitors in GW’s own army.

      G-Dub hanged Thomas Hickey in front a massive crowd just to send a whole lot of messages to the future Americans all at once.

      1. That is the history of the world. Every nation that exists came to be because they defeated someone else. Even the natives fought each other over territory. It is what it is.

  13. My high school in Chicago Heights had murals in the foyer, probably dating back to the Depression, in the same exact style as Soviet propaganda posters of the era. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that they’re perfectly acceptable today.

    1. @dr-strangelove Don’t be so sure! I bet the Woke People will find something racist in them too. Anything old is BAD!

  14. The mural of Washington is not “problematic.”

    Leftists literally whitewashing our history are problematic.

      1. Dr. Strangelove – I’d say more like Isis. Destroying symbols of older culture to try and erase the past. At least Mao left the Forbidden City alone.

  15. Believe it or not, I attended this George Washington High School and graduated from there in 1969. Considering the time and the place, you could say it was a pretty liberal environment. We were also perfectly racially balanced, mirroring the racial makeup of the city of San Francisco. I can assure you that walking by that mural every day I never remember anyone having an issue with it. Frankly, we didn’t pay much attention to it, at least politically.

    The only thing I do remember about it was that it was nice having a beautiful work of art to walk by instead of a plain wall.

      1. @ryan-o IIRC, as a teen, I was triggered quite often. Curiously enough it never was from stuff I saw on a wall…

  16. Erase the past. That’s straight out of the Communist Manifesto. I read it my senior year in college. It scared the crap out of me, at the time, because I questioned could it happen here. Well, decades later I have my answer and am not happy. Actually, sick.

    1. @danaellen

      It can’t happen here
      It can’t happen here
      I’m telling you my dear
      That it can’t happen here
      – Frank Zappa

  17. The woke joke. These people expect a man who lived 250 years ago to live up to their idiotic ideals. Never mind who Washington was aa a man and what he did for this country. Our founders were by far more intelligent than many of us today and had the foresight to bequeath this magnificent country to us. It’s too bad we’ve been so dumbed down that we cannot see it. By “we” I don’t mean us. The woke indoctrination marches on. Are they also going to change the name of the school? It seems they should and certainly that’s what they’re moving toward. Such ignorance.
    Meanwhile, here in Little Rock is the Fulbright Elementary School named for J. William Fulbright, a Southern Democrat in Congress – House & Senate – for nearly 30 years. A mentor of one William Jefferson Clinton and a deeply racist segregationist. Where is the outrage?

    1. @squirrelly I’m waiting for them to go after Clinton for consorting with racist segregationists. I bet you anything they are waiting until he passes, then the long knives will come out, the MeToos, everything.

    1. @pybop Fred’s hit his stride this time. We’ll play fast and loose with the comment policy until the joke has run its course.

  18. Poop is good and so is crap….Not sure what these people are taking but I sure as heck don’t want any….
    I hear Congress has their own dispensary in the capital…bet they are busy..

  19. This decision is totally disgraceful. It is a triumph of ignorance over heritage. Those behind the decision do more harm than good when they shroud young and impressionable students in the fog of ignorance born of their short-sightedness.

    If students don’t know unpleasant facts, how will they possibly understand what the Framers had in mind when they proclaimed that the Constitution was written, among other things, “to form a more perfect Union…?” If they cannot see that real humans, with all the flaws and imperfections we associate with people, accomplished tremendous feats, how will they believe that they can achieve great things, too? If they believe things have always been the way they are, who will desire to take risks to change the world and make each generation better off than the last?

    I hope this terrible, ignorant, and damaging decision will be reversed.

    1. @don-sutherland This isn’t born of ignorance, it’s the deliberate rewriting of history, just as Stalin and Mao did previously.

    1. @warren-z There isn’t as far as I can tell. The AP forgot that the injuns were skins and we were shirts.

  20. Communist goal #30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

  21. Fred, you definitely have a way with turds, I mean words. Hilarious.

    I can’t imagine walking through life being this delicate. How miserable it must be.

  22. Arnautoff was a communist and the picture was intended to show the darker side of the founding.

    Still ridiculous that it’s being taken down, but politics makes for strange bedfellows indeed.

    1. The entire founding was dark side. We birthed this nation in blood. It was never going to be any other way. From the British, to the loyalists, to the traitors in GW’s own army.

      G-Dub hanged Thomas Hickey in front a massive crowd just to send a whole lot of messages to the future Americans all at once.

      1. That is the history of the world. Every nation that exists came to be because they defeated someone else. Even the natives fought each other over territory. It is what it is.

  23. The mural of Washington is not “problematic.”

    Leftists literally whitewashing our history are problematic.

      1. Dr. Strangelove – I’d say more like Isis. Destroying symbols of older culture to try and erase the past. At least Mao left the Forbidden City alone.

  24. Believe it or not, I attended this George Washington High School and graduated from there in 1969. Considering the time and the place, you could say it was a pretty liberal environment. We were also perfectly racially balanced, mirroring the racial makeup of the city of San Francisco. I can assure you that walking by that mural every day I never remember anyone having an issue with it. Frankly, we didn’t pay much attention to it, at least politically.

    The only thing I do remember about it was that it was nice having a beautiful work of art to walk by instead of a plain wall.

  25. The woke joke. These people expect a man who lived 250 years ago to live up to their idiotic ideals. Never mind who Washington was aa a man and what he did for this country. Our founders were by far more intelligent than many of us today and had the foresight to bequeath this magnificent country to us. It’s too bad we’ve been so dumbed down that we cannot see it. By “we” I don’t mean us. The woke indoctrination marches on. Are they also going to change the name of the school? It seems they should and certainly that’s what they’re moving toward. Such ignorance.
    Meanwhile, here in Little Rock is the Fulbright Elementary School named for J. William Fulbright, a Southern Democrat in Congress – House & Senate – for nearly 30 years. A mentor of one William Jefferson Clinton and a deeply racist segregationist. Where is the outrage?

    1. @squirrelly I’m waiting for them to go after Clinton for consorting with racist segregationists. I bet you anything they are waiting until he passes, then the long knives will come out, the MeToos, everything.

  26. Poop is good and so is crap….Not sure what these people are taking but I sure as heck don’t want any….
    I hear Congress has their own dispensary in the capital…bet they are busy..

  27. This decision is totally disgraceful. It is a triumph of ignorance over heritage. Those behind the decision do more harm than good when they shroud young and impressionable students in the fog of ignorance born of their short-sightedness.

    If students don’t know unpleasant facts, how will they possibly understand what the Framers had in mind when they proclaimed that the Constitution was written, among other things, “to form a more perfect Union…?” If they cannot see that real humans, with all the flaws and imperfections we associate with people, accomplished tremendous feats, how will they believe that they can achieve great things, too? If they believe things have always been the way they are, who will desire to take risks to change the world and make each generation better off than the last?

    I hope this terrible, ignorant, and damaging decision will be reversed.

    1. @don-sutherland This isn’t born of ignorance, it’s the deliberate rewriting of history, just as Stalin and Mao did previously.

  28. Communist goal #30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the “common man.”

  29. Fred, you definitely have a way with turds, I mean words. Hilarious.

    I can’t imagine walking through life being this delicate. How miserable it must be.

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