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.”
The group recommended having the mural, which includes numerous panels that make up the “Life of Washington,” removed because the artwork “glorifies oppression instead of eliminating it” and “has nothing to do with equity or inclusion at all.”
Inclusion is apparently more important than accuracy when it comes to American 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,” the 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 Americans on the Left want?
Trump’s warnings. President Donald Trump warned almost two years ago that the Confederate statue outrage would eventually lead to the removal of symbols representing our Founding Fathers.
“George Washington was a slave owner,” Trump told 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 when 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?”
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 Washington 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 George Washington?
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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