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Campaign to defend historic, Depression-era “Life of Washington” murals in San Francisco



The San Francisco Board of Education is considering either destroying or covering over a series of 13 frescoes on the life of George Washington at a local high school. The WSWS spoke to professor emeritus of history Robert Cherny about the issue. Read more: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/05/13/mura-m13.html

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Bmw EM
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Bmw EM

This is a quote from one of the famous world leaders, " If you want to destroy a Nation, destroy their History"we are on that path, sadly

Tony G
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Tony G

paint over the dead Indian and be done with this shit. Libtards cry over anything and everything, but I can understand a dead lying prone Indian can be a bit traumatic and you don't even need to be an Indian to be offended by that, its called COMPROMISE – but for God's sake, will you stop trying to erase America, it aint going nowhere, you're going somewhere before America is pal.

ZENIGMATV
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ZENIGMATV

The Taliban also tried to erase history by destroying artifacts and historical sites. If the paintings were of the American flag and a cross covered in feces libs would call it art and insist it not be removed even though it would “offend” Americans and Christians.

Linda Davis
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Linda Davis

WHY NOT JUST HANG SOME DRAPES AND COVER IT…..NOT DESTROY!!!!

nikolai s
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nikolai s

Barbaric ignorance.

MarkR. Katzman
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MarkR. Katzman

The ignorant slobs and children of San Fransicko are allowed to run amok here, just as they've been allowed to do this since Columbia in the 60's. These A-holes are setting a precedent that any loon will be able to walk into the i.e. Palace Of Fine Arts and attack/destroy a painting or sculpture and claim the work was too offensive to them…and guess what..nothing will happen to them!!!! This is a very sick dark joke!!!!

Jesus is Lord
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Jesus is Lord

I was angry about it until I seen it for myself. No…..it needs to be painted over. I am white and wouldn't want to have to look of that myself.

glock161
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glock161

San FranCrisco nappy-head wah-wah. Just all-around racial oppression when you don't belong anywhere, but PERIOD.

Book of Ours
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Book of Ours

Hello. We made a creative video to respond to the destruction of the murals- please watch!

https://youtu.be/om_LnJKGAE8

xZANZIBARZx
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xZANZIBARZx

This mural is based as phuck

Michael Stein
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Michael Stein

I have the answer. Change the person from George Washington to Mohammed. That way the slavery raping colonizing and killing of indigenous people is sacred, holy, and the act of "The Perfect Example of a Human Being". Something to mirror your life to. Think of the beauty and peace that mural would provide everybody

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Carolynska S
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Carolynska S

This is art work…..and it tells the story of truth….yes, this truth shows hypocrisy on the part of some of our founders and the terrible price the slaves and American Indians paid. If this history is erased then how can the American Indian and ancestors of black slaves tell their children the part they played in developing this wonderful country. We can all point to the fact that these English men came to a puppy country and we all developed into the best country the world has ever know. We are only a few hundred years old yet all of… Read more »

Steven Parker
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Steven Parker

These socialists want to erase the history of the United States by taking down statues and covering murals. Don’t forget this is what the Taliban did.

KingswayMovies
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KingswayMovies

The reality is that this is all part of a pattern of destruction of history and conscious human thought by the corporate transnational oligarchy. The goal is to create a world where only the consumer exists with the illusion of individualism. Neo-liberal identity politics are a tool used by the capitalist global entity to destroy progressive thought and stop the development of ideas and movements that challenge the status quo. Certainly these murals are a perfect example of a critique that the rich do not want to see.

Timothy Tikker
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Timothy Tikker

GWHS Class of 1976 here:: thank you for this excellent video! Willie Brown, who was the first African-American mayor of San Francisco, recently wrote a column not only defending these murals, but saying that the SF School Board should be recalled. I live in Michigan now, so can't start the recall campaign myself, but someone must do it, and right away.

Ronnys Mobilephone
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Ronnys Mobilephone

Well Washington was genocidal and a slave owner…and the so called 'founding fathers" ( an American myth) did not write that all men were created equal. The concept was the the rich in America were equal to the rich in England. That was the equation and that is why Washington was able to lead the genocide and also keep slaves…because the two concepts were separate in his mind.

Bob BarkerIII
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Bob BarkerIII

The citizens of San Francisco need to recall all the members of the school board for their censorship. This is a travesty!

Banita Clayson
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Banita Clayson

Pretty soon Nothing will exist of early America.It is a look into early America .

DEE MC
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DEE MC

Everyone know what happened as to how this country came to be…the history of it etc ..our children don't need the artist depiction as to what happened…we shouldn't have to see this in art form …..it should be removed or covered…..

red flame
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red flame

Just goes to show how actual history doesn't matter anymore. Good, bad, or indifferent history is history and art of it does not reflect support of the history but the fact that it existed. Erasing the past does not change it nor does it make it disappear.

Dianna Monks
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Dianna Monks

San Francisco wants to spend 600,000 to cover this important part of history, but their homeless problem and all is ignored. Typical liberals.

hyperion327
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hyperion327

I'd urge anyone who thinks this decision is an appalling tragedy to support the Coalition To Protect Public Art, which is attempting to block it through a ballot measure: https://www.protectpublicart.org

If you live in San Francisco, you should also support any and all efforts to recall every single school board member who voted for it.

David Jenkins
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David Jenkins

Democrats are no better than the Taliban.

Kat Douglas
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Kat Douglas

They didn't care about your signatures. You could have gotten 7000 and they would have still voted it down. They have the power.There is no way I could do it. I would have to refuse the job, I would not be able to just paint over that mural. It is unbelievably beautiful, I mean you can feel it.

Icee Murals
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Icee Murals

I can understand how the murals would be traumatic. If someone painted a mural about how the SF unified superintendents treated women, then most people would have a hard time looking at it.

elli003
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elli003

Paint a mural, a pictorial chart depicting the liberal identity manifesto. Important to include who trumps who in the world of Victim Glorification. EXAMPLE: Do women trump Native American's, or just certain women. Show the rest of the world how you play Rock, Paper, Scissors ?

ricv64
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ricv64

I blame the lack of art connoisseurship . No one teaches it anymore maybe no one wants to learn it either . I'm seeing more art by checklist then why it's good or bad in the mind of the viewer . Instead of trying to interpret or inference the piece it's well I think someone may be offended so we can't have that . For a city that prides itself on the number of murals it's saddening that because of a vocal few things get destroyed . I still remember the murals in the old library and loved them .… Read more »