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San Francisco Mulls Stripping Lincoln, Sen. Feinstein's Name Off Schools

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Monday, 30 November 2020 05:18 PM

The city of San Francisco is considering renaming dozens of public schools, including ones named after President Abraham Lincoln and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports.

A renaming advisory committee presented a list of schools they flagged for removal because of alleged ties to slaveholding, colonization, or oppression. A spreadsheet that summarizes the list says, "Abraham Lincoln is not seen as much of a hero at all among many American Indian Nations and Native peoples of the United States, as the majority of his policies proved to be detrimental to them."

It also claims Feinstein was "responsible for the eviction of a whole Pilipino neighboorhood, and the police brutaility, allowed police dogs to atack filipino veteran elders. She repeatly protected and flew the confederate flag in front of sf city hall. [sic]"

The Times noted this apparently refers to the eviction of 150 elderly Chinese and Filipino tenants from the International Hotel in 1977 before it was demolished, and the flying of the Confederate flag outside City Hall in 1964.

A spokesperson for the senator noted both the evictions and the Confederate flag being flown happened before Feinstein's tenure as mayor of San Francisco.

"The school district is free to take whatever action it deems necessary, but it's important to know the flag, part of a design installed years before Sen. Feinstein was a supervisor or mayor, came down during her tenure as mayor," the spokesperson said.

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The city of San Francisco is considering renaming dozens of public schools, including ones named after President Abraham Lincoln and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Los Angeles Times reports.
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