San Francisco will spend up to 600,000 USD to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington because it’s allegedly ‘racist’ and ‘degrading’ for its depiction of black and Native American people.
The artwork depicts Washington as a soldier, surveyor and statesman. Additionally, the 13-panel, 149-m2 muralcontains images of white pioneers standing over the body of a Native American and slaves working at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.
The “Life of Washington” was painted by Victor Arnautoff. He was one of the foremost muralists in the San Francisco area during the Depression.
The decision to paint over the 83-year-old mural comes in the framework of the previous censorship efforts aimed to blame and shame some ‘wrong parts’ of history of the US as well as to impose own ideological norms by a part of the US elites supporting the so-called neo-liberal world order.
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