This is so utterly ridiculous, it hurts the brain. From the SF Chronicle’s Jill Tucker:
Abraham Lincoln, an iconic American hero, could soon be an outcast in San Francisco, his legacy called into question and his name ripped off a high school.
Lincoln is one of dozens of historical figures who, according to a school district renaming committee, lived a life so stained with racism, oppression or human rights violations, they do not deserve to have their name on a school building.
Abraham Lincoln – author of the Emancipation Proclamation, creator of the 13th amendment to the Constitution, commander-in-chief during the Civil War – a racist and oppressor, they say. What the high holy fuck are they talking about?!?
It seems his name is being sullied because, “Lincoln, whose grandfather was killed by a Native American, oversaw the hanging of 38 Indigenous warriors after a Santee Sioux uprising in Minnesota, but only after he personally reviewed the legal cases against the 303 men sentenced to death. He saved the lives of 265 Indigenous men.“
This reeks of over-the-top wokeness on steroids; and the move to take Lincoln’s name from the high school is a prime example of the type of move that hurts a noble cause rather than help it.
As an historian in the Chronicle piece says, we should not be applying 21st century morals to the great men of the 18th and 19th centuries. Not one person from that era will live up. Not. One.
Great men of Lincoln’s stature did tremendously progressive things back in the day. But, they weren’t perfect; no one was then, no one is now, no human on Earth will ever be. How about we measure President Lincoln for all he did to save our country and for all he did to free the slaves and for all he did to make their lives better?
And before you convict the man in the court of woke opinion, how about reading up on a bit of history.
According to Harold Holzer, a Lincoln scholar at Hunter College, the 16th President of the United States, during the darkest days of the Civil War, said, “If we get through the war and I live, this Indian system will be reformed.”
As history tells us, Lincoln was unable to keep that promise.
So, excuse my French…but cut the shit.