We learned this week that the San Francisco School Board voted 6-1 to rename 44 schools around the city over “racist” namesakes, of historical figures in U.S. history from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Paul Revere to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. The school board claimed the change was needed due to calls from a small minority of people in the city who believed the namesakes were “slave owners, had a part in slavery and genocide, were part of human rights violations, or were known racists or white supremacists.”
This unleashed a storm of controversy.
The Globe reported within days the outrage over the Board’s strange decision to rename the schools ballooned. To no one’s surprise, a petition was launched shortly after the decision on Tuesday and has since exploded in popularity. As of Thursday, the petition had 10,000 signatures, with hundreds still signing by the hour. Similar petitions asking for recalls of school board members are planned to start up this weekend by activists opposed to the school boards plan.
As if San Francisco could not beclown itself more, the Grateful Dead’s frontman and lead guitarist Jerry Garcia is one of several names being considered for a school renaming, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The legendary San Francisco Bay Area band rose to fame as a part of the counterculture in the 1960s, embodying the drug culture, experimentation, Bohemian lifestyle, the rise of the hippie movement and other “alternative” lifestyles. In fact, Garcia died while in drug rehab. Garcia had long struggled with heroin and opiate drug addictions, weight problems, diabetes, and heavy smoking.
Are they really considering “Jerry Garcia High?”
Why stop with one San Francisco musician on school renaming rights?
How about Janis Joplin Elementary School?
Sly Stone High School?
The Dead Kennedys’ Jello Biafra would make a nice middle school name.
Grace Slick Continuation School has a ring to it.
Carlos Santana Senior High School.
Jazz great Vincent Guaraldi Early Education School… Guaraldi wrote the arrangement for “Linus and Lucy.”
“Hip to be Square” Huey Lewis and the News Middle School.
All kidding aside, the time and taxpayer money spent by the San Francisco School Board on such a ridiculous vanity virtue signaling project should trigger an automatic recall election. The schools in the San Francisco School District were named for people with historical significance. This school board has devolved to a long standing joke, if this is on their agenda.
And, with public schools still closed throughout the state, who needs a school board? This exercise is a petty distraction from the business of school boards, filled with largely worthless members.
The movement to rename the schools began last year, led by first grade teacher Jeremiah Jeffries, who came up with 44 schools that he claimed were named after people who were slave owners, had a part in slavery and genocide, were part of human rights violations, or were known racists or white supremacists.
You really can’t make this up. Truth is stranger than fiction in California.
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