In a measure that some locals even feel is going too far, the San Francisco Board of Education voted 6-1 to remove from public schools those who names have been linked to slavery, oppression, racism or subjugation. The decision comes after three years of consideration. Abraham Lincoln and George Washington High Schools headline the list along with names such as Herbert Hoover, John Marshall (pictured), Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Paul Revere and Francis Scott Key. Perhaps Peter Marshall should have just rolled with being Pierre LaCock. The list also includes Diane Feinstein Elementary school, as the 87-year old's legacy with liberals has dimmed in light of embracing Senator Lindsey Graham after Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed questioned the timing in light of San Francisco schools being closed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. "I want to ensure that in no way does this erase or cancels or erases history," Board President Gabriela Lopez said. "But it does shift from upholding and honoring them, and these opportunities are a great way to have that conversation about the past and have an opportunity to uplift new voices."
The renaming process began in 2018 following a deadly clash at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. So hundreds of cities, counties and other municipalities that carry the name of early and even fairly recent American leaders are on further notice. State Capitol cities such as Lincoln, Madison and Columbus along with Washington D.C. and Washington state. We will get to Indianapolis, Indiana and other indigenous names later. As said in an Alpha News column last summer, the slippery slope is fast turning from a bunny hill to a double black diamond.