George Washington Slave Painting Offensive

George Washington “slave painting” offensive, says a San Francisco school who wants it removed

A left-liberal group at the San Francisco Unified School District wants to remove two paintings of George Washington to protect the students.

The 83-year-old murals of the first POTUS at the George Washington High School in Northern California are deemed offensive to Native Americans and African-Americans, according to them.

The leftist activists said the mural traumatizes students and community members because it depicts George Washington with a black slave and a dead native American.


The work of Victor Arnautoff

The mural was done by Victor Arnautoff around 1968. The Life of Washington collection clearly depicts slave labor as widely practiced during that time. His purpose was to portray the slaves and natives with humanity, not to glorify Washington for owning slaves.

George Washington on Black slavery

The inconvenient truth is that George Washington owned slaves. He was one of America’s founding fathers. He was a revolutionary hero who fought British tyranny for life and independence.

However, he was born into a society in which slavery was a simple fact of life. His family owned slaves, it was the culture of every elite family in that era. Over the years, his thinking on slavery evolved

I never mean (unless some particular circumstance should compel me to it) to possess another slave by purchase: it being among my first wishes to see some plan adopted by the legislature by which slavery in the country may be abolished by slow, sure, & imperceptible degrees.”
G. Washington, 1786


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