Even though it’s being met with resistance, community members are continuing to push through with renaming 44 schools in the San Francisco Unified School District.
According to the San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and even Sen. Dianne Feinstein are too problematic to have city schools named after them.
Schools named after former presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are on the list due to the two presidents’ slave-owning status, while a school named after Abraham Lincoln is on the list because of his treatment of Native Americans.
Feinstein’s name was added because she reportedly replaced a vandalized Confederate flag flying outside City Hall when she was mayor in 1984.
In response to the committee’s request, Mayor London Breed deemed the potential name changes “offensive” given the fact that schools are still closed when city and state health orders allow in-person education to resume.
Back in October, parents and school administrators were formally asked to conjure up potential new names by Dec. 18.
Here is the full list of schools that the committee have asked to be renamed.