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Opinion | Notable & Quotable: The Unwoke Abe Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Excessive College in San Francisco, Dec. 17.



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From “Abraham Lincoln was as soon as a hero. In some S.F. training circles, he’s now a foul man,” San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 11:

Lincoln is considered one of dozens of historic figures who, in accordance to a college district renaming committee, lived a life so stained with racism, oppression or human rights violations, they don’t should have their identify on a faculty constructing. . . .

“Uprooting the problematic names and symbols that at present litter buildings, streets, all through town is a worthy endeavor,” mentioned

Jeremiah Jeffries,

chairman of the renaming committee and a primary grade instructor in San Francisco. “Solely good can come from the general public being reflective and intentional concerning the energy of our phrases, names and rhetoric inside our public establishments.” . . .

“The dialogue for Lincoln centered round his therapy of First Nation peoples, as a result of that was provided first,” Jeffries mentioned. “As soon as he met standards in that manner, we didn’t belabor the purpose.”

Jeffries, nevertheless, mentioned the narrative of Lincoln’s legacy is fake. . . .

“The historical past of Lincoln and Native People is sophisticated, not almost as properly referred to as that of the Civil Conflict and slavery,” he mentioned. “Lincoln, just like the presidents earlier than him and most after, didn’t present by coverage or rhetoric that Black lives ever mattered to them exterior of human capital and as casualties of wealth constructing.”

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Appeared within the December 22, 2020, print version as ‘Notable & Quotable: Lincoln.’

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