A high school is California is considering removing George Washington murals from the campus because they “traumatize” the students.
As reported by The Daily Wire, George Washington High School is mulling over a recent push to remove two 83-year-old murals from its hallways.
Students say the two murals of George Washington, one of America’s Founding Fathers, are “offensive” and “traumatizes students and community members.”
A San Francisco Unified School District working group wants the murals removed and hidden away in storage.
“SFUSD convened a ‘Reflection and Action Working Group’ that consisted of members of the local Native American community, students, school representatives, district representatives, local artists and historians,” Laura Dudnick, spokeswoman for the district, said in a statement.
“At its conclusion the group voted and the majority recommended that the ‘Life of Washington’ mural be archived and removed because the mural does not represent SFUSD values,” the letter continued.
In response to the school on the verge of removing the murals, Historian Fergus M. Bordewich said it is “a deeply wrongheaded habit to project today’s norms, values, ideals backwards in time to find our ancestors inevitably falling short.”
“It betrays a very troubling intolerance of art and the ambiguity of art and the aspirations of art,” he added. “It’s incredibly stupid if we try to erase history. It still happened, and you should argue about its meanings.”
Perhaps unsurprising to many, the Northern California high school is also attempting to get rid of Benjamin Franklin.
Here’s more from The Richmond District:
In one mural, entitled “Mount Vernon”, George Washington appears to be in conversation with another Caucasian man who gestures towards a seated African-American man holding corn, presumably a slave.
In other parts of the mural, African-Americans are engaged in acts of manual labor like hauling large bales of hay and picking cotton in the fields, while Caucasian men are also laboring at other tasks with tools. Washington’s servant, who is pictured holding his horse, is also African-American. The mural is a clear depiction of slavery in the United States, and of George Washington as a slave owner.
The second panel, entitled “Westward Vision,” depicts Benjamin Franklin and other founding fathers looking at George Washington as he points off in the distance, while he points with his other hand to a map.
On the right side of the mural, as if carrying out Washington’s call for westward expansion, frontiersmen, depicted in greyscale unlike other figures in the mural, stand over the dead body of a Native American man, signifying the genocide of Native American life and culture.
It speaks volumes that liberals are trying to go after our Founding Fathers and erase historical murals of them.