A San Francisco school district is planning to rename nearly one-third of its 125 schools named after allegedly controversial figures including Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, and Senator Dianne Feinstein.
The committee’s rationale for scrapping “Abraham Lincoln High School” in favor of more politically correct nomenclature is because the former president did not demonstrate that “black lives mattered to him”:
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.
Lincoln’s policies also “proved to be detrimental to Native Americans.”
Herbert Hoover Middle School is set to be renamed over Hoover’s role in redlining while serving as Secretary of Commerce.
Roosevelt Middle School similarly faces a rebranding over its namesake’s “opposition to civil rights and black suffrage for black people.”
But even Democrats and apolitical figures were targetted by the committee.
Senator Feinstein, a former San Francisco Mayor, will have her name removed from Dianne Feinstein Elementary because she allowed the Confederate flag to fly in front of San Francisco City Hall and oversaw the eviction of the Filipino neighborhood Manilatown, ‘allow[ing] police dogs to attack Filipino veteran elders,”
Thomas Edison will be removed from Thomas Edison Charter Academy due to his “fondness for electrocuting animals.”
The replacement names have not yet been revealed, and any decision will have to be voted upon by school boards which are set to meet in early January.