Local activists in San Francisco have decided that a large mural spanning the wall of the George Washington High School must go.
The mural, which is an accurate depiction of the life and works of George Washington, shows many topics that the local activist community finds problematic.
They say the mural is responsible for “traumatizing” students.
The mural is very large and spans multiple sections of the wall.
The District has decided to do something about the mural, but now has to figure out which “cover up” option is best.
The big problem?
They all somehow cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yes — hundreds. What?!
Via Reason Magazine:
“A high school in San Francisco is considering three options for censoring a mural of George Washington deemed problematic by the local activist community:
putting up a curtain (price tag: $300,000), painting over it ($600,000), or hiding it behind panels ($875,000).”
$875,000 for paneling seems ludicrous, but charging $300,000 for curtains is even more crazy.
Here is the real kicker…
The mural was painted to be “provocative” on purpose. What do I mean by that?
It was painted in 1936 by an artist named Victor Arnautoff who was…a leftist sympathizer.
He didn’t want to blindly celebrate Washington’s accomplishments without also accurately showing the realities of the time.
Some of the topics regarding Native Americans and Africans are not comfortable to see or discuss, but ignoring that they happened is far worse.
It’s somewhat ironic that local activist groups in San Francisco are fighting against someone on their own side – someone who wanted to show that history wasn’t pretty and we can’t ignore it.
But, it seems like the activists would rather cover up history like they are covering up the mural.
Students must now be “protected emotionally” from the harshness of reality. Hmm…
What do you think?
Should our school students be protected from unpleasant history?