Abraham Lincoln school to be renamed in SF as he didn't 'show Black lives mattered', Trump calls it 'ridiculous'

'Lincoln, like the presidents before him and most after, did not show through policy or rhetoric that Black lives ever mattered to them outside of human capital and as casualties of wealth building,' a member of the school renaming committee said


                            Abraham Lincoln school to be renamed in SF as he didn't 'show Black lives mattered', Trump calls it 'ridiculous'
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The School Names Advisory Committee of the San Francisco United School District has reportedly suggested removing Abraham Lincoln's name from a high school as the former president allegedly did not "show through policy or rhetoric that Black lives ever mattered" to him. Quoting a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily Caller stated that there are a number of historical personalities whose names can be stripped off school buildings’ since they led a life filled with racism.

According to the spreadsheet of the school’s committee, “Lincoln is not seen as much of a hero at all among many American Indian Nations and Native peoples of the United States, as the majority of his policies proved to be detrimental to them.” Also, chairman of the renaming committee and a first grade teacher Jeremiah Jeffries said, “The discussion for Lincoln centered around his treatment of First Nation peoples, because that was offered first. Once he met the criteria in that way, we did not belabor the point.”

Jeffries continued: “The history of Lincoln and Native Americans is complicated, not nearly as well known as that of the Civil War and slavery. Lincoln, like the presidents before him and most after, did not show through policy or rhetoric that Black lives ever mattered to them outside of human capital and as casualties of wealth building. Uprooting the problematic names and symbols that currently clutter buildings, streets, throughout the city is a worthy endeavor. Only good can come from the public being reflective and intentional about the power of our words, names and rhetoric within our public institutions.”

Apart from Abraham Lincoln High School, other schools that are included in the list are George Washington High School and Jefferson Elementary. Washington’s name has been involved because the spreadsheet referred to him as “slave owner, colonizer”. Thomas Jefferson has also been called a “slave owner” in the sheet.

However, not everyone is reportedly happy with the suggested changes as people believe that removing names based on current conditions put them through to what is known as “outcome bias”.

“It is to wrench them out of the context of their times,” Andrew Delbanco, professor of American Studies at Columbia University, said. Jonathon Alloy, whose kids go to one of the schools on the renaming list, said, “Principals are devoting resources to this. We’re being presented with it as a fait accompli.”

Besides, officials from five high school alumni associations condemned the step taken by the committee as they mentioned: “We need an inclusive process that will allow all communities to be heard, use professional historians applying verifiable data, issue a written report why a school name might be changed, so the community can make a considered decision.”

President Donald Trump also slammed the board as he tweeted, “So ridiculous and unfair. Will people never make a stand!” Along with POTUS, several others also expressed their views on Twitter. One such person said, “Disgusting! They want to change history so bad. What's next? A national black anthem? Oh wait..” The second user wrote: “Abraham Lincoln is the symbol Democrats must remove. The Democratic Party is editing the history books! Dems are set to change history. Hint: the parties never switched.”



 

 



 

 



 

“Funny coming from a man who has over 300,000 people dead on his watch in 10 months, locking down the country for months and having millions of his fellow citizens, some who voted for him, wait for hours in their cars to get food. That’s more than ridiculous and beyond unfair,” the third user added.



 

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