DAILYKENN.com --A mural depicting George Washington may be removed from George Washington High School. Ostensibly the decision to remove the painting hinges on the belief that it traumatizes black and Indian students and is offensive to some members of the community.
In reality it appears this is another of countless efforts to erase Western history and replace it with the myth that the USA was built by a multi-culture society. It was not. The United States was founded by white people for themselves and their progeny. The Naturalization Acts of 1798 and 1902 (immigration acts) stipulated that citizens must be white, 21, free, of good character, and gainfully employed.
George Orwell lamented, “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”
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When George Washington High School opened its doors in August 1936, 1,600 square feet of its interior walls were covered with a a series of murals depicting the life of the school’s namesake, and the country’s first President, George Washington.
In one mural, entitled “Mount Vernon”, George Washington appears to be in conversation with another Caucasian man who gestures towards a seated African-American man holding corn, presumably a slave. In other parts of the mural, African-Americans are engaged in acts of manual labor like hauling large bales of hay and picking cotton in the fields, while Caucasian men are also laboring at other tasks with tools. Washington’s servant, who is pictured holding his horse, is also African-American. The mural is a clear depiction of slavery in the United States, and of George Washington as a slave owner.
Public complaints first came to light about these mural panels in the late 1960’s, and at the time, opponents called for the destruction of the murals due to their offensive depictions of African-Americans and Native Americans.
In response, the school decided to install new murals with more positive imagery by artist Dewey Crumpler. His murals, entitled “Multi-Ethnic Heritage: Black, Asian, Native/Latin American”, depict Latin Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and African Americans overcoming oppression. They were completed in 1974.
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