Projecting modern “values” as an excuse to erase history is not new. Conquerors have been doing it since the dawn of man. Communists, ISIS, and other tyrants and despots perform such cleansing as a matter of policy today.
Democrat socialists do it too. Right here in America.
In the People Republic of California, George Washington High School may be removing murals of George Washinton. Why? They “traumatize students and community members.”
“SFUSD convened a ‘Reflection and Action Working Group’ that was comprised of members of the local Native American community, students, school representatives, district representatives, local artists and historians,” Laura Dudnick, spokeswoman for the district, wrote in an email to The College Fix. …“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,”
SFUSD is the San Francisco Unified School District. A cabal of left-leaning malcontents opposed to the discomfort of history and its lessons. Which is odd given that public education was started, ostensibly, to not just teach it but to make sure learned from it.
The thirteen mural(s) are not doomed quite yet. Officials are still pondering their options — translation: which side has more poo-flinging monkeys and bigger piles of poo.
And there’s one more problem for the Left: the provenance is not precisely` the issue.
The mural’s painter, Victor Arnautoff, was a protégé of Diego Rivera and a communist. He included those images not to glorify Washington, but rather to provoke a nuanced evaluation of his legacy. The scene with the dead Native American, for instance, calls attention to the price of “manifest destiny.” Arnautoff’s murals also portray the slaves with humanity and the several live Indians as vigorous and manly.
Progressives offended by communist art is, I admit, a new twist in the panties of the Diversity Voodoo Cult.
Perhaps we could get by with giving everyone reparations and a sticker. And participation trophy, wait – they’ll already get “one of those” if they survive the glorification of slavery, genocide, colonization, and manifest destiny and actually “graduate.” It’s called a public school diploma.