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The San Francisco Board of Education voted to rename 44 of the city’s schools, claiming that prominent figures from American history, such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Paul Revere, were tied to racist incidents. The committee based their decisions on Wikipedia and other wildly inaccurate information to source its claims.

Committee chairman Jeremiah Jeffries, along with his fellow committee members, used Wikipedia to support their claims that prominent U.S. historical figures had ties to racist incidents, and therefore warranted the renaming of scores of San Francisco schools, according to a report by Mission Local.:snip:


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Historians slam woke teacher responsible for renaming 44 San Francisco schools after it emerges he used WIKIPEDIA for research to denounce Paul Revere and ridiculed idea of consulting scholars

  • This week, the San Francisco Board of Education voted 6-1 to rename 44 of 125 of the city's public schools
  • The decision came three years after a committee was formed to study the names of the schools, which honor prominent figures from American history
  • The committee declared that schools named after politicians including Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Dianne Feinstein should be rebranded
  • They concluded that such personalities were problematic and had ties to racist incidents  
  • Jeremiah Jeffries served as committee chairman during the decision-making process, but refused to invite historians in for discussion 
  • Instead, committee members used Wikipedia references to bolster claims that the personalities were 'racist' 
  • Historians are now slamming Jeffries for the move, saying he appeared eager to ignore academic debate in favor of pursuing his own 'political agenda'



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A Sign of Sanity in San Francisco

Jarrett Stepman

Feb. 22, 2021

Editor’s note: Under public pressure and facing a mass recall, the San Francisco School Board announced that it would put the planned renaming of 44 schools on hold. The list of names deemed racist included Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Paul Revere, among many others.

The city’s school board acknowledged that some of the name changes occurred despite inaccurate information. The school board also received sharp criticism for focusing on name changes rather than the process of reopening.

The following is a republished op-ed by Jarrett Stepman explaining why the relentless push to erase history is often divorced from fact or truth and why it’s such an ominous trend for the future of the country if it continues unchecked.

The school board’s decision to at least postpone renaming demonstrates how shining light on radicalism can make authorities and people in power change their behaviors:


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