By J. D. Heyes
(NationalSentinel) The Alt-Left continues to chip away at Americaâ€™s founding and American traditions, as evidenced by the San Francisco Board of Educationâ€™s decision to paint over a mural depicting the life of ourÂ first presidentÂ and founding father, George Washington.
But, according toÂ USA Today, the boardâ€™s decision is getting major pushback from a group of more than 500 professors and academics who blasted it as a â€œgross violation of logic.â€
As reported byÂ The Blaze, the board not only voted unanimously, but they claimed that the Depression-era artwork, the â€œLife of George Washington,â€ (painted by Russian-American Victor Arnautooff) suddenly â€œtraumatizes studentsâ€ while it â€œglorifies slavery, genocide, colonization, manifest destiny, white supremacy, [and] oppression.â€
In other words, the board used all the Left-wing talking points and buzz words in order to justify its veryÂ anti-AmericanÂ decision.Â
The mural was painted on the walls of George Washington High School prior to its opening in 1936. At the time, according to the Richmond District, the mural was the â€œlargest WPA-funded, single-artist suite on the Pacific Coast.â€
In other words, it was both publicly funded and a very big deal.
But that was then–before the Alt-Left managed to take control over much of American pop culture and push itsÂ poisonous â€˜America Lastâ€™ agendaÂ on impressionable young minds. (Related:Â Collapse of Austin into mass homelessness and filth is a warning for all of America: This is what Democrats do to everything they control.)
Covering up the mural wonâ€™t be any easy or cheap task. The board estimates the project will take about a year and willÂ cost $600,000. And if, by chance, the project is delayed, well, the board will just have someone installÂ panelingÂ in the meantime. They want it covered upÂ thatÂ badly.
When asked about the ridiculously high cost of simplyÂ paintingÂ over a mural, Mark Sanchez, a commissioner on the board, remarked, â€œThis is reparations.â€
â€œItâ€™s not a matter of offense, itâ€™s a matter of the right to learn without a hostile environment,â€ Paloma Flores, program coordinator for the school districtâ€™s Indian Education Program, said at the meeting in which the commission decided to cover the mural. â€œIntent does not negate lived experience.â€
Thanks to big government Marxism, the project wonâ€™t begin right away, though.Â KQEDÂ reports that the commission has to wait for â€” get this â€” anÂ environmentalÂ study â€” to be completed. And commissioners do expect there to be legal challenges (and there should be, considering the mural was completed using public/taxpayer funds). Lope Yap Jr., vice president of the high schoolâ€™s alumni association and a big mural supporter, told the station that his group is planning a lawsuit.
â€œWeâ€™ll use every tactic available,â€ Yap said, noting there are â€œseveral groundsâ€ for a suit.
Meanwhile, the delay will give others time to intervene on behalf of saving this valuable part of our history.Â
In anÂ open letterÂ urging the board to change its mind, the 500-plus professors turned tables on the mural opponents:
It is an important work of art, produced for all Americans under the auspices of a federal government seeking to ensure the survival of art during the Great Depression. Its meaning and commitments are not in dispute. It exposes and denounces in pictorial form the U.S. history of racism and colonialism. The only viewers who should feel unsafe before this mural are racists.
The scholars went on to say that, setting aside whether the voices who are calling for the mural to be scrubbed and painted over have the moral authority to do so, â€œwhat remains is a mistake in the way we react to historical works of art â€” ignoring their meaning in favor of our feelings about them.
â€œWe urge the school board to reverse its decision and take all reasonable steps to preserve the mural and to teach it as a work of art and a representation of our history,â€ the letter continued. â€œWe oppose this display of contempt for our history.â€
A version of this story first appeared at media partner NewsTarget.
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