When 'woke' proves too much for liberal San Francisco

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
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Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Dianne Feinstein ElementaryOne of most far-left communities in famously liberal California is proving that, sometimes, the public can put the brakes on “woke” politics that condemn a liberal feminist leader and a slave-freeing president.

In the face of mounting public pressure, the school board that oversees the San Francisco Unified School District has dropped its plan to rename public schools named after history-making heroes such as George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

After announcing plans in January to rename 44 schools, the school board put that plan on hold in February amid mounting pressure then dropped its plans at an April 7 school board meeting. The school board cited the “distraction” of public outcry and the “wasteful expenditures” of public funds to fight separate lawsuits filed by school alumni and by the City of San Francisco.

George Washington prayingThe group of alumni filed suit to stop the renaming of the schools but the city government, citing soaring teen suicide rates, sued to demand the public schools reopen after being shut down for nearly a year due to COVID-19.

Responding to the reversal, Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute says the plan to rename the schools proved even too much for liberal parents.

"Even if you're in San Francisco, if you get involved, your voice can be heard. It can make a difference,” he says. “And that is something that we should all glean from this incident."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein at Gorsuch hearingsGeorge Washington was an easy target for the Left due to his history of owning black slaves, but slave-freeing Abraham Lincoln was also condemned by a panel that reviewed the schools and recommended the name changes.

The panel also recommended Dianne Feinstein Elementary School drop the name of the committed liberal (pictured at left), a gun-hating, abortion-supporting feminist who served as the first female mayor of San Francisco. Yet she angered the Left over an allegation, which dated back to 1984, that she allowed city government to replace a damaged Confederate flag that flew as part of a historical display at City Hall.

Dacus suspects the school board heard from enough frustrated parents to back off the school renaming and to focus on reopening classrooms.

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