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San Francisco School Board Votes 6-1 To Rename 44 Schools

Aren't there more important things to do right now?

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San Francisco's school board voted 6-1 on Tuesday to accept a committee's recommendation to rename 44 public schools that honor historical figures like Presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. A school named for current Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein will be retitled as well.

"It's a message to our families, our students and our community," said board member Mark Sanchez, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. "It's not just symbolic. It's a moral message."

The board had been considering this move for some time, despite opposition from Mayor London Breed, a Democrat, who rightly objected to the timing.

"In the midst of this once in a century challenge, to hear that the District is focusing energy and resources on renaming schools—schools that they haven't even opened—is offensive," said Breed in October.

"It's offensive to parents who are juggling their children's daily at-home learning schedules with doing their own jobs and maintaining their sanity. It's offensive to me as someone who went to our public schools, who loves our public schools, and who knows how those years in the classroom are what lifted me out of poverty and into college. It's offensive to our kids who are staring at screens day after day instead of learning and growing with their classmates and friends."

Offensive, indeed. The renaming process is likely to cost schools millions of dollars at a time when the district is already facing a significant budget deficit; the Chronicle estimates it will be $75 million by next year. San Francisco schools don't have a single dollar to waste on new signs: Every cent must go toward protective equipment, ventilation, and whatever else is needed to get kids back in their desks. Whether a school is named Abraham Lincoln Elementary or George Washington High or School McSchoolface is really not important right now. (And what's wrong with Lincoln, anyway? He freed the slaves!)

That the school board is wasting time with this speaks volumes about the competency of its members.

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  1. “”It’s a message to our families, our students and our community,”

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  2. No one is perfect. Just give the schools numbers:
    Public Indoctrination Center No. 1
    Public Indoctrination Center No. 2
    etc.

    1. Yes, the New York City method: just number the schools sequentially. Just be a bit more honest about their purpose.

      1. And they could imprint those numbers on the student’s arms, right?

        1. As long as their parents are Trump supporters Brandybuck is all for it.

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    2. Have you forgotten that math is racist?

  3. Nothing screams progress like graduating a bunch of illiterate retards that would not be able to read “Harriet Tubman Memorial High School” on their fake diplomas even if their lives depended on it.

    1. “Piss123” is easier to mispronounce.

  4. Welcome to kamala nigger cunt Harris elementry

    1. Dang, son.

    2. Shots fired!

      Let’s see how much they really love their free speech, these “libertarians.”

      1. No one is stopping anyone from saying whatever damn fool thing they want. Or the rest of us calling them a fucking idiot.

    3. You racist fuck, she’s Indian!

      Also, Kamala “Red Dot” Harris Elementary sounds way better.

    4. I hope Sqrlsy stole Kuckland’s nick again.

  5. The names of the schools might matter if the students could actually read them.

    1. Being able to read is racist and merely a mark of white privilege.

      1. Being rich, white cis-gendered (don’t be mad, I was born this way) I have someone read things for me. And type almost witty responses on down market lib sites.

    2. It’s important to erase the past.

  6. Priorities; huh. Moralizers gonna moralize.

  7. The Jim Jones school for the advancement of science and public policy.

    1. Ha, was going to make a similar comment; keep it local.

      Zodiac High School has a nice ring to it. Wasn’t Charles Manson part of the Haight Ashbury scene? Could name a middle school after him.

      1. Indeed Charlie was. It’s where he met the longest tenured numbers of his posse.

      2. Kamala’s dusty kneepads in the trophy case outside the attendance office…

    2. Serving kool-aid to inner city kids is racist.

  8. Nice picture, Rico.

    Needs alt-text. Something like, “Watch me impersonate Ozzy Osbourne, and bite the head off of this thing!”

      1. The original version of White Knight.

      2. Notice the right hand? Gang signal. Was the subject of the pic in some sort of gang or something? He looks a bit menacing with that toothbrush glued under his nose. And definitely homo-something; phobic or philic, I get those things mixed up.

  9. They’re going to have a hell of a time coming up with 44 variations of Chavez, Castro, Che, etc.

    1. I want one named after Corn Pop.

    2. The Politburo had way more than 44 members.

  10. Aren’t there more important things to do right now?

    Oh Robby, Robby, Robby.

  11. Aren’t there more important things to do right now?

    No, no there are not. These people are evil, they’re not stupid. They know that controlling the language is the key to controlling thought. They know very well what they’re doing and why it’s so critical that it be done. “Who controls the past controls the future” and all that.

    1. Yup, and keep it rolling, no matter what. Ideology has no care for budgets or inappropriate priorities. The only thing that matters to ideology is ideology. Nobody will rename them back again, so once it’s done, check it off the list. And why worry about wasting money when the eye is on the national treasury.

      1. The only thing that matters to ideology is ideology.

        It’s the Ponzi scheme of ideologies, an oroboros. As long as the ones at the top keep dying off and you keep mixing the corpses with new ideologies to keep the sheme rolling, all’s well. The new names will be deemed symbols of oppression, even if only PS456, in due time. A new coat of paint so that the leviathan can keep rolling.

  12. Here’s the list of schools due for name-changes:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m6xYDp_NUga4kJ1gx0VLthbLM3wcTUp0/view

    It’s a full-on purge.

    OK, I can see how the Alamo School would be first on the chopping block. And reference to Junipero Serra and the Spanish Missions, also on the chopping block.

    And speaking of chopping, Washington had slaves, as did Jefferson.

    Lincoln hanged some Indians for murder (he could have hanged more but let most of them live), but the Indians of course were provoked so that won’t do. Away with Lincoln!

    Garfield was either a bearded white Republican or a lazy fat cat, so there’s no call for naming a school after him.

    Grattan Elementary – let’s see, the most famous Grattans I can think of are a couple Irish politicians and (Wikipedia reminds me) a New York politician. The elder Irish Grattan is the most famous. Whichever Grattan it was, I’m sure (s)he did something heinous.

    And they’re renaming Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary. Stevenson wrote boys’ adventure stories and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Maybe the latter was the problem – there are transphobic implications to a story about a man using chemicals to change his identity, even while keeping the same gender.

    I suppose the Sherman in Sherman Elementary is William T. Sherman, and they’ve cancelled him because of the burning of Atlanta – just kidding, they probably don’t mind that, it’s probably some Indian thing again.

    1. LOL – The “Sherman” in Sherman Elementary is more likely Moses Sherman (whence Sherman Oaks, California) who was – drum roll, please – a teacher who became the Superintendent of Schools for the Arizona Territory.

      Admittedly, he later became a land speculator in the Los Angeles area, including one particular bit of speculation with his buddies William Mulholland and Fred Eaton while he was acting as water commissioner in which he had some advance knowledge concerning the diversion of the Owen River and what it would mean for the mass of scrubland known as the San Fernando Valley. (If you’ve ever seen the movie Chinatown – that’s that Moses Sherman.)

      1. OK, so I got the wrong Sherman.

        What did Moses do to get into the woke crosshairs?

        Wait, don’t tell me, let me guess from Wikipedia…

        (pause)

        …hmmm, maybe it’s because the other teachers are jealous that a guy could move from teaching to making it big in real estate?

        1. Obviously because they don’t know it was named for Moses Sherman and are assuming it was named for William T. “That” Sherman is of course problematic because he had something to do with the Civil War* and is therefore a racist.

          *I can’t wait until the dumbasses erase all history of the Civil War and then we can claim that slavery never existed and there’ll be no way to refute this assertion.

          1. He wasn’t being a good White Ally?

          2. The dumbasses are gonna have to enter an appropriate period of self-flagellation when they realize that the largest tree in the world is sitting in the Sequoia National Park in California and named the General Sherman Tree, and they weren’t paying attention.

            Let the renaming of plants begin.

            1. Hey, Wikipedia has something interesting on “General Sherman (tree)”

              “The General Sherman was named after the American Civil War general William Tecumseh Sherman. The official story, which may be apocryphal, claims the tree was named in 1879 by naturalist James Wolverton, who had served as a lieutenant in the 9th Indiana Cavalry under Sherman.[5]

              “Seven years later, in 1886, the land came under the control of the Kaweah Colony, a utopian socialist community whose economy was based on logging. Noting the pivotal role that Sherman had played in the Indian Wars and his forced relocation of native American tribes, they renamed the tree in honor of Karl Marx. However, the community was disbanded in 1892, primarily as a result of the establishment of Sequoia National Park, and the tree reverted to its previous name.”

              I hope Biden doesn’t check Wikipedia on this subject, it might give him ideas.

          3. From General Field Order 120:
            VII. Negroes who are able-bodied and can be of service to the several columns may be taken along, but each army commander will bear in mind that the question of supplies is a very important one and that his first duty is to see to them who bear arms….

            So he was a racist, pure and simple. Refused to feed the “freed” slaves where he was burning civilian structures to the ground unless they basically became his slaves.
            Also, with Lincoln, made the switch from military combat to total war.
            “His forces followed a “scorched earth” policy, destroying military targets as well as industry, infrastructure, and civilian property, disrupting the Confederacy’s economy and transportation networks. The operation broke the back of the Confederacy and helped lead to its eventual surrender. Sherman’s decision to operate deep within enemy territory and without supply lines is considered to be one of the major campaigns of the war, and is considered by some historians to be an early example of modern total war.”

        2. If he was in real estate than he = Trump. Can’t have that.

    2. The elder Irish Grattan is the most famous. Whichever Grattan it was, I’m sure (s)he did something heinous.

      Being Irish is sufficient.

    3. Frank McCoppin Elementary

      “Frank McCoppin was the first Irish-born, and foreign-born Mayor of San Francisco.
      He is credited with recommending the use of ladybugs to control insect pests affecting the California citrus crop.”

      Damn, no wonder they are desperate to get that fascist’s name off the building.

    4. Now I want some Potato Al Grattan.

  13. No Robby it is important to rename schools to such pacifists as Chavez, Mao, Stalin, Castro, Guevara, etc. Only then can the loving hand of correction be used to guide students to a brighter whiter future.

  14. One aspect of the story not covered were the names of the Board Members who voted for this absurdity. They were:

    Gabriela Lopez
    Alison M. Collins
    Jenny Lam
    Fauuga Moliga
    Mark Sanchez

    Applaud the member who voted no, Kevine Boggess.

    Please remember the yes votes when they come up for re-election or as they pursue higher office. Better yet, make a contribution to their opponents.

    1. Triggered by your screen name. Fascist.

    2. Is there really any point in voting if you live in SF? Its not like there’s any chance of electing a sane, rational adult.

    3. “Applaud the member who voted no, Kevine Boggess.”

      And do it quickly, because they’ll soon be cancelled.

  15. How about a little humor in the names?

    “My Dear Watson Elementary”
    “Upda Middle”
    “Lezgit High”

    1. I’m going to guess that humor isn’t the point, lol.

  16. There’s never a bad time to get rid of white boy history.

  17. Yeah that’s a big waste of time. Not sure what they were thinking there.

  18. Whether a school is named Abraham Lincoln Elementary or George Washington High or School McSchoolface is really not important right now.

    Will Harvey Milk School stay, or is Milk speciesist?

    1. The Harvey Milk School for Boys

    2. We will have to form a commission to determine if it was white milk – – – –

  19. It would be nice if the mayor had said it’s *never* the right time to undertake a massive renaming campaign of the sort generally associated with successful revolutionary movements – and even then not to the same degree.

    1. ..Big Revolutionary Plans to “Fundamentally Change the Nation”.

  20. This is the most important issue to radical ideologues.

  21. Progressives don’t care about progress or what is important or beneficial for the people. They only care about power, control, virtue signaling and punishing, silencing, beating and even murdering those who disagree with them or represent a legitimate threat to their power and control.

  22. “A school named for current Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein will be retitled as well.”

    And no details, you little tease.

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