Abraham Lincoln, the man who issued the Emancipation Proclamation and freed the slaves, isn’t good enough for the San Francisco School Board.
A 6-1 vote Tuesday evening sealed the deal on the renaming of 44 San Francisco school sites due to connections with slavery and oppression.
“Well, this is a sign of the times but is it the right decision? Late tonight, the San Francisco school board voted to rename 44 public schools,” NBC Bay Area’s Raj Mathai said after the vote. “This is a debate and a decision that’s being tracked across the country. Those 44 schools whose namesakes are thought by many to have dishonorable legacies … have until April to come up with a new name. All of this controversial and costly.”
George Washington wound up in the board’s crosshairs.
Roosevelt Middle School was a target despite board officials not knowing whether they were addressing Theodore or Franklin Delano, The Associated Press reported.
“It’s a message to our families, our students and our community,” board member Mark Sanchez said, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. “It’s not just symbolic. It’s a moral message.”
“Honest Abe” was deemed too controversial due to his “treatment of Native Americans,” NBC Bay Area added.