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Here’s a heartwarming story that will surely inspire patriots across the nation right around the country’s birthday. Out in San Francisco (where else?), there’s a school that has a massive mural depicting the life and times of George Washington. That seems rather appropriate since the school in question is George Washington High School. The mural consists of multiple panels and has been in place for more than eighty years. But it’s 2019, so what are we going to do? Paint it over, of course, because Washington is “problematic.” (Associated Press)
San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people.
The “Life of Washington” was painted by Victor Arnautoff, one of the foremost muralists in the San Francisco area during the Depression. 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.
originally posted by: Flatcoat
For a start I'm 100% against painting over the mural, but in my mind this also highlights very serious Gov spending problem. I live in Spain where this sort of thing is common. Entire airports that not only cost 10 times the initial quote, but were then never opened and abandoned. Is there no sort of oversight for this sort of spending?
originally posted by: Flatcoat
Two coats. Quality paint.
In response to the growing awareness that the first president, George Washington, was a slave owner, a growing movement has developed in the Bay Area where people are burning their one-dollar bills.
Merchants in the area have also started refusing to carry the disgusting notes and have raised their prices accordingly in order not to have to use the one-dollar bills.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has initiated a "Round Up To 5" Drive so that the one dollar bill can be effectively banned state-wide.
Located in San Francisco's George Washington High School, the 1,600-square foot mural was painted by Russian-born immigrant and communist Victor Arnautoff in 1937 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Works Progress Administration.
Now, however, activists including a number of students are seeking the destruction—not the concealment or contextualization—of the mural. The reasons they give—in public comment, in interviews, in the board's statements—are various, but they all depend on rejecting the objective analysis of historical exploitation and colonial violence the mural offers and replacing it with activists’ valorization of their experiences of discomfort with the imagery and the authorship of the murals. On this account, a Russian immigrant cannot denounce historical wrongs by depicting them critically. On this account, only members of the affected communities can speak to such issues and only representations of history that affirm values they approve are suitable for their communities. On this account, representing historical misdeeds is degrading to some members of today's student body. In a recent vote, the board of the San Francisco Unified School District voted unanimously to destroy the murals. To repeat: they voted to destroy a significant monument of anti-racism. This is a gross violation of logic and sense.
originally posted by: DBCowboy
a reply to: zosimov
If I read your quote correctly, the board and students are not upset because someone was critical of Washington, but someone they did not think was worthy or deemed appropriate to BE critical of Washington?
So just a few in society gets to determine whom may or may not be critical of anything.
"No one has the right to tell us as native people—or our young people who walk those halls everyday—how they feel," Paloma Flores, the San Francisco school district's Native American education program coordinator, said during a hearing on the mural last month. "You're not in those shoes."