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Erasing History - San Francisco Ready To Pay More Than Half A Million Dollars To Cover Up Painting Of George Washington

Jeff Katz
June 21, 2019 - 3:29 pm

A San Francisco high school is weighing its options for censoring a mural of George Washington that has suddenly become a problem for community activists. Currently, the options include hanging a curtain in front of it, painting over it or hiding it behind panels, according to Reason magazine. Each of those options would cost more than $250,000.

The mural, though, which depicts George Washington ordering slaves and sending soldiers to take Native American land, was actually painted with the intent of being controversial. It was painted in 1936 by Russian-American artist Victor Arnautoff, a liberal, who was being intentional about showing the negative sides of the beginning of America. 

However, activist groups are still calling for the mural to be destroyed, claiming it "glorifies slavery, genocide, colonization, manifest destiny, white supremacy, oppression" and "doesn't represent SFUSD values of social justice, diversity, united, student-centered." They also claim it's "traumatizing" for students, according to Reason.

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