School Board To Paint Over Historic George Washington Mural Costing Them $600,000


The San Francisco School Board is set to paint over a historic George Washington mural and now the left is worried about FDR’s new deal legacy.

San Francisco School Board vice president Mark Sanchez: “I understand the importance of art, and it should be the last thing we do, to attempt to cover any kind of art up,” said Sanchez. “The starting point has to be from those who feel they are harmed and how that is unacceptable, especially given the history of this country. When we don’t listen, we don’t learn.” Painting over the work, he said, “represents not only a symbolic fresh start but a real fresh start.”

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The San Francisco School Board has voted to spend some $600,000 to paint over a Depression-era mural depicting the accomplishments of America’s most celebrated founder, the first President of the United States, George Washington. Activists have targeted the mural because it contains depictions of Native Americans and slaves, but now some are worried about the impact the erasure of the historic mural, which was produced under Democratic President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, might have on other New Deal-era work.

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In its report on the school board’s decision to paint over a piece of American history, the Associated Press notes that the “Life of Washington” mural was “once seen as educational and innovative” but is now being condemned by some as “racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people.”

The 13-panel fresco — produced by Victor Arnautoff, a Russian-born communist and one of the most famous of the Depression-era muralists funded by FDR’s “Federal Art Project” — depicts various key moments from Washington’s momentous life, including his role as a general and statesman. It also features images of “white pioneers standing over the body of a Native American and slaves working at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia,” AP notes. It is for those “racist and degrading” depictions that the school board decided to cover over the historic work.

San Francisco School Board vice president Mark Sanchez argued that students at the predominantly minority George Washington High School have no choice about seeing the depictions he described as causing “harm” to them. More

Once again all the liberals who are teachers are trying to erase history. We should embrace history in order to remind us of the good and the bad and how we learned to advance our great country for the betterment of our society. It’s not always perfect, but it did happen!

I am at a loss as to how the San Francisco School Board differentiates itself from the Taliban on this matter. The only difference perhaps is lack of fire and explosives, but the damage will be just as complete and completely premeditated. You can be assured that the students have not been harmed by this mural until they were taught to be by their liberal teachers.

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