Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The Woke Eat Their Own, Expensively

Progressives must always keep the wheels of progress moving, even if that means eating their own.

The New York Times: San Francisco Will Spend $600,000 to Erase History

The best part? They're spending $600,000 to destroy a mural painted by a communist back in the day as a critique of America as an evil, slave ownin', Indian killin' colonial country, but that critique is too "triggering" for the delicate progressive sensibilities of today:

Victor Arnautoff, the Russian immigrant who made the paintings in question, was perhaps the most important muralist in the Bay Area during the Depression. Thanks to President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, he had the opportunity to make some enduring public artworks. Among them is “City Life” in Coit Tower, in which the artist painted himself standing in front of a newspaper rack conspicuously missing the mainstream San Francisco Chronicle and packed with publications like The Daily Worker.

Arnautoff, who had assisted Diego Rivera in Mexico, was a committed Communist. “‘Art for art’s sake’ or art as perfume have never appealed to me,” he said in 1935. “The artist is a critic of society.”

This is why his freshly banned work, “Life of Washington,” does not show the clichéd image of our first president kneeling in prayer at Valley Forge. Instead, the 13-panel, 1,600-square-foot mural, which was painted in 1936 in the just-built George Washington High School, depicts his slaves picking cotton in the fields of Mount Vernon and a group of colonizers walking past the corpse of a Native American.

A Communist mural designed to denigrate America, ironically paid for by American taxpayers, is now too triggering for the left to endure.

Just like the Taliban, for the progressives left this can't just be covered up, this affront to the modern day progressive religion must be utterly destroyed:

Mark Sanchez, the school board’s vice president, later told me that simply concealing the murals wasn’t an option because it would “allow for the possibility of them being uncovered in the future.” Destroying them was worth it regardless of the cost, he argued at the hearing, saying, “This is reparations.”

That $600,000 could have gone a long way for the School Board to use for educating students, but instead, the proggy left must waste it by destroying an anti-American mural while claiming the destruction of admittedly crappy commie art, previously paid for at taxpayer expense of course, with the destruction paid for at taxpayer expense, is somehow an act of "reparations".

1 comment:

Nuke Road Warrior said...

Yet somehow, teachers will complain they don't make a living wage, and the school board will say they don't have any more money, yet both will agree the mural needs to be destroyed regardless of cost. While they're at they'll probably change the name from George Washington High School to Che Guevara Indoctrination Center.