School Board To Spend Over $375k To Remove 'Racist' George Washington Mural

The mural depicting George Washington's life has been on the walls of the high school for over 80 years.

San Francisco, CA – A series of 83-year-old frescoes on the walls of George Washington High School will be either covered or destroyed due to allegations that they are racist.

The 13-panel mural was created in 1936 by left-leaning artist Victor Arnautoff, who later went on to join the Communist Party, The Washington Times reported.

Arnautoff created the mural in an attempt to depict an accurate description of George Washington’s life – including dark images of slavery and slain Native Americans.

One of the panels depicts white settlers stepping over the body of a dead Native American, while another shows slaves working in a field.

“It’s a lot of emotional stress,” George Washington High School senior Kai Anderson-Lawson told KNTV.

“One of the reasons it’s hard to go to school sometimes is because of the mural in the lobby,” Anderson-Lawson added. “I think they should try to, like, put healthy images on there.”

“The mural tells us about the conquest and colonization of the United States including the genocide of native Americans,” Raoul Gonzales said during the school board meeting on June 18, according to KTVU. “The mural reminds us that this nation is born of blood and gore.”

Alliance of Black School Educators member Virginia Marshall said that the paintings need to be removed.

"It is a racist mural,” Marshall said. “My history should not be racist but it is. I came from slaves.”

"Why do we have to explain the pain caused by visual offense that we see in that building that is supposed to be an institution of learning?” mural opponent Mary Travis-Allen asked the school board.

Donna Parker said that the artwork should be used as a learning tool.

“We should be teaching about the mural and what it means. I'm half native American. I have no problem with the mural,” Parker said. “It depicts what happened.”

Socialist Workers Party Mayoral Candidate Joel Britton argued that removing the fresco could open the door to unbridled censorship.

“Destroying or covering it would be an act of censorship and a blow to freedom of expression that would set a precedent for further such actions,” Britton said, according to San Francisco Weekly. “Censorship creates precedents that will always come down hardest on the working class, including African American, Latinos, Native American, and Asian American working people.”

None of the school board members spoke up in favor of keeping the mural on display.

“My question is who needs to remember it? I don’t need to be reminded. It’s in your face all the time,” school board member Alison Collins said. “White supremacy culture is when folks are more concerned about the life of Washington murals than they are about Native American and Black lives.”

The board is now trying to determine whether to destroy the mural or to cover it, KTVU reported.

School officials claimed it would cost between $375,000 and $825,000 cover or paint over the 83-year-old fresco because of costs associated with environmental impact reports, as well as materials and labor.

“We want to respect its age and comply with all the regulations associated with it,” San Francisco Unified School Board President Stevon Cook told KTVU. “It would take some time and funds to figure out the best way to go about each of the options.”

The board is expected to decide the fresco’s fate on Tuesday.

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JesusCRome
JesusCRome

It's really unfortunate the degree of discomfort some people face with historical paintings, murals, documents or statues that were there before we come on stage. Very sad that we cannot deal with something that upsets us... What next do we get rid of or change! Historical artifacts are just what they are... learn to deal with it ... nothing will ever be perfect to anyone's eyes and ears!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Alliance of Black School Educators member Virginia Marshall said that the paintings need to be removed. "It is a racist mural,” Marshall said. “My history should not be racist but it is. I came from slaves.”

Good for you lady. Too ever fukn bad Virginia Marshall as your opinion doesn't mean shit. It's all black people can seem to talk about is racism, reparations, discrimination, blah,blah,blah. It is like a broken record 1 trick pony song. It is boring , and it creates division , resentment and nothing but disgust towards the black community . There are things much more important in this world than pacifying blacks and your sensitive racial feelings. The world owes you all nothing and it does not revolve around your personal views about race relations. I suggest you all get off your collective asses, do something truly constructive , and fix the multitude of problems within your own community. Until then .......

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

Is there any way we can get the San Andreas fault to finally to finally do what has predicted for years and drop the "land of fruits and nuts" into the pacific??

SpectrumMaster
SpectrumMaster

How much does a painter make? 375k, is it Picasso?

JBo
JBo

California...still trying to change history.

186
186

Why not replace them, with murals of the Watts Riots

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

Let's just erase history!!!! It never happened!! So frustrating!

Piewacket
Piewacket

That is such bullshit! Why are we allowing this to happen? George Washington Racist? Give me a break! What the hell else are these RACIST going to decide is racist? It's all fine and good for black people to call white people racist, but if you really look at it, who are the real racist?

Mamome
Mamome

What a shame that opinion is greater than historical happenings. If it were a painting of a mass of colored people trashing stores and homes during a riot; would that be more tolerated? That is their plan for history; or so it sometimes seems. If the painting has been on that wall all these years without doing real harm; why now is there such outcry over it? To call attention? {would be my guess}. Our country is getting more confused by the day and with every new stupidity.

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

These idiots are wasting money. "I Feared for my Life" needs to be applied to those involved. Bang Bang Bang to all involved, oh wait it's Government Employees, we will just allow it.

School officials claimed it would cost between $375,000 and $825,000 cover or paint over the 83-year-old fresco because of costs associated with environmental impact reports, as well as materials and labor.

trainbuff
trainbuff

Do you idiot's on the school board think paint is going to hide what's really underneath? Certain black organizations in this country do nothing but preach about white supremacy and the devil white man. Should we paint them too?

I'm half Native American and I'd have no problem with the mural. The problem I have is when people turn their heads and try to pretend like something didn't happen at all.

How are we to learn from history if all we do is sanitize it? Frankly, I'm appalled we as a nation celebrate Columbus Day knowing what he did to my people, how he enslaved, murdered, butchered, and sold us.

But what the heck, take all our land and throw a big party for Chris every year! I don't want to hear your whining, we were here first and slaves first, so slavery wasn't exclusively black, ask the Irish if you don't believe me.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing
  1. 375k-825k to remove a mural? I'll do it for half that, I just need a couple of buckets of black paint from home depot.

  2. So the board is saying Washington didn't have slaves? that we didn't kill native Americans? That we didn't have slaves 200 years ago? News flash: just because you destroy the mural, doesn't mean bad things didn't happen in the past. Removing the picture doesn't change history.

  3. documenting the past isn't racist.... Will the school board next be editing all the history books to remove all references to the racist slavery period within the united states?

Stanracer
Stanracer

Been on the wall for 80 years and NOW people are complaining about it being racist? What a joke. It depicts history, people. You can't change history by covering it up. Big waste of money.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Snowflakes...please go melt in Cuba or somewhere else!

RPG156
RPG156

History. Can't live with it, can't delet......

Skeeter52
Skeeter52

Imagine how many teachers $375,000 would pay. I’d say at least 3. Just saying...

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

All they needed to due was cover it with a large enough framed canvas and painted it the same color as the existing walls then put show cases in front with School Spirit memorabilia, true educational facts of History, etc. That way when all of this has cooled down the original mural could then be brought back. I guess that all of the Blacks that have the last name of Washington is going to change that as well. I have always been amazed that the Blacks never honored the name Lincoln who freed them from Slavery.

unclebubby
unclebubby

Maybe they should spend the 375k on psycho therapy for themselves

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

I'm pissed that we see these Blue Pissing Agendas on our US Flag. They have No Respect for our US Flag or it's colors.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

PEOPLE, ALL COLORS AND RACES -ANNOUNCEMENT: The past is the past, the statues, paintings, etc, etc. are what was represented hundreds of years ago.... Taking them down changes nothing that happened way back then. We are to learn from our mistakes, right? Most people don't have the same mindset today that they had all those years ago. My parentage came here maybe 150 yrs. ago. They were poor and fought in wars, worked land and built their own homes, nothing was free. How can the kids of today learn from what happened before if it's all torn down and destroyed. There's talk of reparations for what happened to the slaves of yesteryear.... My heritage didn't own any. When is enough enough without holding hands out for something you never had to endure. Were there mistakes in the past, absolutely but some peoples actions today are ruining any progress that might/could/should happen.

Niko_kritikos
Niko_kritikos

Our history should never be erased, but damn 375K for a bucket of paint and some rollers? Hire me, I'll do it for the low low price of $10,000....

roller
roller

The racism here lies in the Board of Education and the little ignorant snowflakes.

Calico68
Calico68

It’s a lot of emotional stress because someone told you it was. Pussification of America