San Francisco has seen its share of troubles over the past few years. It has experienced an ongoing homelessness and drug abuse problem. Progressive policies have created an environment that only flies could love, with the streets providing a fecal smorgasbord to tempt their insectoid palates.
Luckily, the city’s government has finally taken notice and is poised to make a move that will end the problem forever. San Francisco will ease the troubles of its population by renaming schools named after problematic people who became important parts of American history.
San Francisco Removes Names, Not Feces
The city’s school board on Tuesday voted to strip 44 schools of the names of prominent figures in American history due to their apparent unworthiness and failure to live up to the tenets of progressivism. The 6-1 vote came after months of debate on the matter.
Schools named after people like Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Dianne Feinstein, and John Muir will be affected by the change. In essence, anyone connected to slavery, racism, oppression, or offending the left’s tender sensibilities will not have schools named after them.
Not everyone is happy about the move. The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
“Critics called the process slapdash, with little to no input from historians and a lack of information on the basis for each recommendation. In one instance, the committee didn’t know whether Roosevelt Middle School was named after Theodore or Franklin Delano.”
Community member Jean Barish told The Chronicle, “I must admit there are reasons to support this resolution, but I can’t.” She continued, asserting that the decision was made based on emotion. “These are not decisions that should be made in haste,” she insisted.
But, members of the school board argue that the change is necessary. They believe it is a way of dealing with America’s racist history. Board member Mark Sanchez pointed out that the change is “a message to our families, our students and our community.” He added, “It’s not just symbolic. It’s a moral message.”
Staff and families of the schools will have until April to decide on a new name, which would be brought before the board for a vote. One parent, whose child attended Adolph Sutro Elementary, welcomed the change because he was known for discriminating against black Americans. “We should not honor him with the name of our elementary school,” he said.
Still, it seems that the school board and residents of the city are willing to deal with the costs associated with such an endeavor. It could cost the city a million dollars or more.
More Symbolism, Less Substance?
At least some of the school name changes might make sense given the history of some of these figures. It seems likely that most parents would not want their child to attend a school named after a person who discriminated against black people or who pushed to deny public education to Chinese students. This is especially true of individuals who did not necessarily play a prominent role in the founding and shaping of the nation.
Still, it is impossible to ignore the fact that these changes are mostly symbolic. In a city dealing with a homelessness crisis that has brought about a level of drug overdose deaths that exceeds COVID fatalities, it seems that other priorities should take precedence. Perhaps the $1 million that will go to changing the names of these schools could be better spent at this time.
While many of the families pushing for cultural changes only wish to create a better society for their children, perhaps their government should also involve them in decisions regarding the true problems the city is facing. Otherwise, they might end up with better-named schools in a city that has sunken into a morass of crime, homelessness, and drug deaths.
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