SF public schools pres. to remove slaveholders' names from schools

Posted by bubah1mau 4 years, 10 months ago to Education
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Yes, many of the national founders were slave owners, but they were pivotal in moving away from the societal precepts in which they themselves were trapped. They founded the nation that would not only eventually make slavery illegal but would serve as a political inspiration to millions to overthrow tyrants and dictators holding entire societies in conditions surely no better than those of black slaves in post-colonial America.

To focus on only one aspect of their lives and deny their contribution to American history is more than an injustice--it is a conniving attempt to destroy and facilitate the reversal of their accomplishments. Only by destroying their memory can the constitutional, free society they helped create be replaced by a dictatorship of the proletariat--i.e. virtual and practical slavery of nearly everyone to socialist dictators capable only of mouthing demands of sacrifice to the socialist state or king à la Venezuela or Stalinist Russia at the point of a Gulag or firing squad, precisely what the founders pledged their lives and sacred honor to resist.

Rather than a step forward, SF Marxians now propose an attempt to erase our national roots from memory to more completely and rapidly effect a transition to abject socialist dictatorship. Small wonder that such an attempt should take root in the bullying environment appropriate to compulsory "education."
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  • Posted by term2 4 years, 10 months ago
    I have a better idea. The SF public schools should be abolished, PERIOD. It was a bad idea in the first place, and its grown to be just another way the government controls us. NO MORE>
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  • Posted by mccannon01 4 years, 10 months ago
    So, another self loathing white liberal utters ignorant nonsense and adds more slices to the "death by a thousand cuts" bleeding America today. He should consider why the school was named after George Washington in the first place and understand historical context. That is, even though some of the Founding Fathers were slave owners, the giant ideological leap towards individual liberty they brought about in the nation they founded resulted in ending slavery.
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  • Posted by $ Stormi 4 years, 10 months ago
    What they also do not tell students, and most blacks I have told had no idea, is that blacks owned slaves as well. They did not always treat them kindly either. Slave ownership goes way back and is far reaching into other countrie, and they were not all black. Today, Muslims treat women like slaves today. Schools tend to jump to the nearest conclusion, requiring the least research, as most teachers today do not even like to read.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 4 years, 10 months ago
    Just one more aspect of Political Correctness nonsense. PC people are sad examples of self deluded individuals, who have turned off their brains in order to fit in with the herd.
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  • Posted by bsmith51 4 years, 10 months ago
    Truth is such a troublesome thing to those with a agenda based on fiction.

    Our public schools teach - and many if not most students believe - that the Constitution is racist because it regarded a black as only 3/5 of a person.

    What they don't tell students is that this provision was for "indentured servants," not blacks, and that it was for purposes of the census in order to limit representation of the south in congress. In this way they snookered the slave-holding south into supporting ratification of the Constitution while nudging the nation toward the eventual abolition of slavery. What they should have done, in my opinion, is allow the south to form their own nation, die its natural death and eventually be assimilated. But who knows?
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    • Posted by 4 years, 10 months ago
      You are absolutely right. Lincoln's military force only suppressed slavery's concomitant culture and racist rationalizations.
      Only economic realities at that time already being brought to light by capitalism and free trade-- the prospect of economic success or failure (the freedom to choose and pursue either prosperity or destitution)-- constituted the forces of reason capable of altering/obliterating what should have become abundantly visible anachronisms.
      Had the civil war not been fought, had legal tender laws, a military draft, and other trappings of statism not come into effect, capitalism would have destroyed not only slavery but the suppressed racism that has perpetuated two separate cultures-- one essentially white and one essentially black.
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      • Posted by $ MichaelAarethun 4 years, 10 months ago
        Other than covering up what their predecessors supported and still do what good is forgetting the reminders of the results of the entire history of the Democrat Party and it's metamorphis into full blown socialism? Pro slavery and anti civil rights from day one.
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  • Posted by mia767ca 4 years, 10 months ago
    this is how the fascist left (democrats and progressives) restricts free speech violating an individual's right to know, thus invalidating their claim in the first place...
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  • Posted by TheOriginalBadBob 4 years, 10 months ago
    George Washington owned slaves while president.
    Thomas Jefferson owned slaves while president.
    James Madison owned slaves while president.
    James Monroe owned slaves while president.
    Andrew Jackson owned slaves while president.
    Martin Van Buren owned slaves, but not while he was president.
    William Henry Harrison owned slaves, but not while he was president.
    John Tyler owned slaves while president.
    James K. Polk owned slaves while president.
    Zachary Taylor was the last president who owned slaves during his presidency.
    Andrew Johnson owned slaves, but not while he was president.
    Ulysses S Grant owned slaves, but not while he was president.
    And that is just the list of slave owning presidents.
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  • Posted by $ CBJ 4 years, 10 months ago
    Ideally government schools should not exist, and private owners should name their schools whatever they please. That said, I have no problem replacing the names of slaveholders with the names of other distinguished Americans (including non-slave-holding founding fathers) on public buildings. Slavery was as wrong then as it is now, and many of the founding fathers recognized this fact even as others actively participated in the practice and gave moral cover to several succeeding generations of slaveholders. The effects of this moral contradiction are with us to this day.
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  • Posted by CircuitGuy 4 years, 10 months ago
    "Yes, many of the national founders were slave owners,"
    Heck yes!. I find it so amazing to get into their mindset of making this big leap forward, taking ideas people had talked about thousands of years ago, and trying to turn it into something real.

    When you're reverse engineering something, it always looks easier than actually getting to something that works, lasts, and has a reasonable number of bugs.

    So I look at them and am amazed they took the first step, took great personal risk, for something that might fail and be a joke. But then I'm amazed they couldn't take the next obvious steps. It's always easier looking back with hindsight.

    This is important not b/c I want to force kids to hold Washington in high regard. Rather, I want them to realize that humankind has not finally reached the pinnacle of justice, and if they are involved with making one step forward one day, that won't be the last step.
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