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SFUSD Approves Covering Controversial
George Washington High School Mural

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Posted By: mc squared, 6/27/2019 12:02:23 PM

A decades-old mural in a San Francisco school will be removed from public view because of its depiction of Native Americans, the city’s Board of Education decided unanimously Tuesday night. The unanimous vote directs staff at George Washington High School to develop a project that would remove the 1936 mural by Victor Arnautoff from public view by either painting over it or using solid panels to cover it. Because the mural is painted directly onto the building’s walls, the mural must be covered and cannot be removed. To paint over the mural, an environmental impact report would be required, and that process could take a year and


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Moritz55 6/27/2019 12:23:41 PM (No. 108066)
Just cover it. Maybe some future generation will discover it and shake their heads at the stupidity of early 21-century San Franciscans.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: zzzghy 6/27/2019 12:24:33 PM (No. 108071)
Superintendent Vincent Matthews, a San Francisco native, said he only saw the murals earlier this school year. “When I walked in and saw those murals… it was like a chunk of my soul was pulled out,” he said. A chunk of sulphurous coal, no doubt. Who are these idiots, anyway? I live in California (love it here) and thought I was used to buttheads like this dope but it seems every day in every way lately they outdo themselves. I'm sticking around for the Sodom and Gomorrah show but unlike Lot's wife I'll be watching.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: zzzghy 6/27/2019 12:37:47 PM (No. 108091)
Actually Lot's wife watched. Sorry about that, but you know what I mean.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Laotzu 6/27/2019 12:41:31 PM (No. 108097)
Remarkable. The images are so disturbing, they can't even be described in this 200 word news report. Social Justice ISIS is hard at work.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: bad-hair 6/27/2019 12:56:47 PM (No. 108108)
The reason they don't like being called Indians is that they've seen the (I've got mine up yours) Indians. So the mural depicts them as mere savages, not like the Indian aristocracy.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: zoidberg 6/27/2019 1:13:51 PM (No. 108125)
Superintendent Vincent Matthews, a San Francisco native, said he only saw the murals earlier this school year. “When I walked in and saw those murals… it was like a chunk of my soul was pulled out,” he said. That's a lie. He has no soul.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: mauiaggie 6/27/2019 1:19:09 PM (No. 108132)
I'm a '64 graduate of George Washington. Great school at the time, not top ranked but a good place to go to class. I remember the murals well because my History teacher had us write about them. We had a diverse culture even in the early 60s so the opinions of the students varied but leave it to the teacher to explain what history means and how it's representation, although perhaps offensive to some in the modern context depicts what was going on in the past. These murals were done by a WPA artist, a student of Diego Rivera, not exactly a right wing ideologue. The school structure is beautiful and still looks pretty good because of the workmanship of the out of work artisans who were given jobs under that program. Our modern day Taliban and ISIS in San Francisco are amazing, they'll cover up a mural of our first and perhaps finest President and meanwhile leave the shit, needles and passed out people out on the streets. A sad story from a once great city. If you want a good laugh to to the Wikipedia entry for distinguished alumni. Just to let you know, Maya Angelou and Danny Glover make the list. But don't go messin' with the most famous, Ollie Matson and Johnny Mathis.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Wary American 6/27/2019 1:23:59 PM (No. 108136)
Sorry to real Americans that may live on the LEFT COAST...but I am hoping for Nevada to become beach front property...Now George Washington is under 'their' scrutiny?
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Reply 9 - Posted by: mrdj 6/27/2019 2:53:31 PM (No. 108210)
Wow! California in a nutshell: "Because the mural is painted directly onto the building’s walls, the mural must be covered and cannot be removed. To paint over the mural, an environmental impact report would be required, and that process could take a year and cost more than $600,000. If solid panels are chosen to cover the mural, that could cost anywhere between $645,000 and $825,000, depending on the panels’ materials."
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