George Washington High School in Northern California is considering removing a mural of the nation’s first president because critics say it “traumatizes students and community members.”
A 13-member working group held four public meetings and in February concluded that the historical paintings do not include “values of social justice, diversity, united, [or] student-centered.”
They recommended having the murals, which include numerous panels that make up the “Life of Washington,” removed because it “glorifies oppression instead of eliminating it” and “has nothing to do with equity or inclusion at all.”
Because inclusion is more important than accuracy when it comes to history.
One mural panel depicts Washington with African-Americans and others engaged in manual labor, while another involves a scene representing “manifest destiny” and a dead Native American.
A San Francisco mural has become the latest high-profile target of progressive history censors, writes Fergus M. Bordewich. https://t.co/0kLlMFe0U7
— WSJ Editorial Page (@WSJopinion) April 27, 2019
“The impact of this mural is greater than its intent ever was,” their report states. “It’s not a counter-narrative if [the mural] traumatizes students and community members.”
So, murals with accurate historical depictions are traumatizing? Does that mean history itself is upsetting to students? What about documentaries and historical movies? Will movies about Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson have to be banned?
Pretty soon history will be forgotten. Is that what the American left wants?
Trump Warned Us
President Trump warned almost two years ago that the Confederate statue outrage would eventually culminate with the removal of symbols representing our forefathers.
“George Washington was a slave owner,” Trump conveyed to reporters. “Was George Washington a slave owner? So, will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington?”
President Trump: “George Washington was a slave owner… Are we gonna take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson?” pic.twitter.com/bUJnbaniwL
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 15, 2017
“How about Thomas Jefferson?” the President continued addressing the left’s attempts to whitewash history. “What do you think of Thomas Jefferson? You like him? OK good. Are we going to take down his statue? Because he was a major slave owner. Are we going to take down his statue?”
The Answer Was Yes
It didn’t take long to realize Trump’s words were a prescient warning.
Race hustler Al Sharpton, just days later, called for an end to funding for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, insisting it is ‘an insult to my family.’
That same month, a Chicago pastor demanded that a statue of Washington be removed from a local park because he allegedly only “fought for the justice and freedom of white America.”
A couple of months after that, a church that Washington had attended in Virginia removed a plaque honoring the first president.
What else would you expect from a generation that believes Barack Obama was more impactful than Washington?