[Ed. – The “woke” brigade proposes to destroy a work of art that’s meant to be unsettling, because it … is. It triggers snowflakes. There’s defying parody, and then there’s making thermonuclear war on it.]
Then there’s the case of the San Francisco school board voting to spend $600,000 to destroy a Depression-era mural of George Washington painted by an ardent Communist.
Bari Weiss writing in the New York Times points out the utter absurdity of the school board’s action:
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. …
Rod Dreher in a brilliant summation of the Weiss op-ed, refers to the school board’s action as “moralistic therapeutic barbarism.”
The school board is spending $600,000 to destroy a work of art. The mind boggles.