Posted on February 24, 2021

San Francisco ‘Cancels’ Decision to Rename ‘Racist’ Schools

Gabrielle Fonrouge and Natalie O'Neill, New York Post, February 22, 2021

San Francisco has made a stunning about-face, walking back a controversial decision to scrub 44 “racist” names from its schools — including George Washington and Abraham Lincoln — after the move drew nationwide ire and was criticized for being based on flawed information without insight from historians.

“I acknowledge and take responsibility that mistakes were made in the renaming process,” the president of San Francisco’s School Board Gabriela López wrote on Twitter Sunday.

“Reopening will be our only focus until our children and young people are back in schools. We’re cancelling renaming committee meetings for the time being.”

In late January, the school board voted 6-1 to rename schools honoring “racist” historical figures like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Paul Revere and replace them with people who didn’t aid or abet slavery, genocide or human rights abuses.

The move was widely criticized as a symptom of cancel culture and for being based on misinformation and “casual Google searches” without the input of historians.

The board was also widely panned for focusing on renaming when kids were still attending remote school with no end to virtual learning in sight.