The decision When the San Francisco School Board replaces the names of Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and other prominent historical figures from dozens of public schools, it will be pushed back by local residents, officials, and interest groups.
The San Francisco Board of Education voted 6-1 on Tuesday for a resolution calling for the deletion of the names of those “who have participated in the submission and enslavement of people; or oppressed women and inhibited social progress; or whose actions led to genocide; or who in other ways have severely restricted the possibilities of those of us to have the right to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness, ”he said text the dissolution.
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The renaming process was led by a committee established in 2018 to investigate the names of schools as part of a national race settlement following the deadly white supremist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Schools to be renamed include Abraham Lincoln High School, George Washington High School, Dianne Feinstein Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School, Jefferson Elementary School, and Alamo Elementary School.
While Washington and Thomas Jefferson were chosen for being slave owners, Lincoln, best known for getting the US to defeat the Confederation and take action to end slavery, was recommended based on his recommendations reported Treatment of Native Americans.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Name is on the list after the former San Francisco mayor allegedly ordered a Confederate flag to be replaced after it was torn down. the Sacramento Bee reports.
“This is an opportunity for our students to learn about the history of the names of our school, including potential new ones,” said CEO Gabriela López in a Explanation. “This resolution got through to the school board after the attacks in Charlottesville, and we are working with the rest of the country to dismantle symbols of racism and white supremacy. I am looking forward to the ideas that the schools will bring in. ”
Schools have until April to propose new names that the board will vote on.
However, the move has sparked criticism for a variety of reasons.
“That’s a joke. It’s almost like a parody of left activism, ”said Gerald Kanapathy, father of a kindergarten at a San Francisco school that isn’t on the list to be renamed The Associated Press.
Lope Yap Jr., vice president of the Alumni Association of George Washington High School in San Francisco, pushed back against the board’s decision.
“We believe that whether socialist, conservative or independent, if you respect the truth of the story, politics must be set aside,” Yap said The New York Post. “We don’t want to delete things.”
“They forget that abolitionists praised Abraham Lincoln,” he told the outlet.
After the vote, the Mayor of San Francisco, London Breed (D), rejected the decision and questioned the board’s priorities.
“I understand the meaning of the name of a school, and the name of a school should convey a sense of pride to any student who walks through its doors, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation,” Breed said in one Explanation.
“What I can’t understand is why the school board is pushing a plan to rename all of these schools by April if there is no plan to have our children back in the classroom by then,” she said, as the schools are still closed due to the fact the coronavirus pandemic.
Now more than 9,000 People signed an online petition urging school boards to “stop wasting time and money renaming schools and focusing on raising our children”.
Advocacy of families also for San Francisco opposite The move was a top-down process, with the board making the decision without properly consulting the experts and the wider community.
The San Francisco Board of Education did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Changing America.
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