Chicago Mulls Removal of Statues of Lincoln, Washington, Grant, and McKinley

Chicago is reviewing the fate of 41 statues, plaques, and works of art, including four honoring former U.S. presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and William McKinley. The news follows the launch of the Chicago Monuments Project’s advisory committee, tasked with conducting “a comprehensive review of more than 500 Chicago statues and monuments, with an eye toward identifying those that were offensive, problematic or not representative of city’s values of equity and justice.” “Reasons for making the list include promoting narratives of white supremacy; presenting an inaccurate or demeaning portrayal of Native Americans; celebrating people with connections to

Lincoln-Named School to Change After Honest Abe Deemed Not BLM-Friendly

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