School Told to Remove Abraham Lincoln’s Name, Saying ‘He Didn’t Show Black Lives Mattered’

As the hourglass of 2020 dwindles to specks, we’ve finally reached peak insanity. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Francisco United School District’s School Names Advisory Committee has recommended a local high school strip its namesake, claiming the person in question didn’t show that “black lives ever mattered to him.” The school’s target is Lincoln High School, named after Abraham Lincoln.

This useless committee has aimed at perhaps America’s greatest hero, our most revered president. Yet the board says the man who abolished slavery “lived a life so stained with racism, oppression or human rights violations” that his name must be removed from the school.

Jeremiah Jeffries, chairman of the renaming committee and a first grade teacher, says that “the history of Lincoln and Native Americans is complicated, not nearly as well known as that of the Civil War and slavery.” Giving no citations and few facts, Jeffries also claims that “Lincoln, like the presidents before him and most after, did not show through policy or rhetoric that black lives ever mattered to them outside of human capital and as casualties of wealth building.”

Though the members of this board members didn’t have time, anyone else thinking about removing the hero from a school should first read Killing Lincoln and watch the film Lincoln. Both document Lincoln’s ardent opposition to — in their words — “racism, oppression, and human rights violations.”

Jeffries and his supporters don’t care about the good Lincoln did. They see only the bad. And by bad, they mean nineteenth-century decisions viewed through modern lenses. It’s perhaps the most flawed and unfair means of judging historical figures.

Those who call for such changes do not seek progress. They seek power. Once one change is made, the goal post moves from a reasonable topic to one that’s idiotic. The same thing happened after the Washington Football team decided to drop the “Redskins” nickname. As I argued recently, the term “Redskins” could be considered offensive and was worth revisiting. Dropping it wasn’t enough to satisfy the outrage mob. The Cleveland baseball team then caved and dropped the “Indians,” a word that was not considered offensive or controversial until now.

Attempting to erase any historical figure is counterproductive. Erasing Lincoln, the president who signed the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment into law, eclipses even the second goal post move.

Much like cancel culture, San Francisco United School District’s School Names Advisory Committee is not trying to improve lives. The gutless members are searching for ways to remove representations of times and people they can’t control. Many modern-day activists believe that diminishing figures from the past, even those who bettered the lives of millions, is their only path to importance. San Francisco’s name committee knows its influence will be felt only if it can remove a name like Lincoln.

Few Americans, regardless of their accomplishments, have impacted all of the lives that have succeeded them. Even fewer have indisputably improved those lives. Lincoln is one such American, and he sits atop a short list.

Perhaps the school will listen and rename itself Kaepernick High School.

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Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers media, politics, and sports at OutKick.

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  1. Ok, so the lame committee recommended removing his name, but is the school district going to actually do it? Where are the parents and people in the community fighting this? If anything, I blame the school district if they cave in and change the name.

    • Better yet, change the name of the historic St. Francis Yacht Club. You know, where the SF elites belong and have their yachts. Been there many times. Not a lot of color there (if you know what I mean).

  2. somehow the 80 years of the name Redskins is lost, because Dan Snyder is being sued by ladies for sexual harrassment by former executives of the team.

    in May and June of 2020, the name Redskins was ok and suddenly days before the fake washington post published a story of systemic sexism in July, the name had to go. then Dan, a jewish guy, hired a black fella to run the team; not Doug Williams. then he hired a female TV reporter to run the media operations and do play by play of the games? with Bram Weinstein!?

    no Indians or Naitives were reached for comment on any of this SHAM.

    80 years of Redskins name being used in TV, Print and NFL films is somehow gonna disappear because Bobby Is offended. or a Cowboys fan is upset?

    in a blink of an eye, a Indian vs White man rivalry in sports is just gone!!!

    Now Lincoln is offensive!? See a pattern.

    • You are not alone in saying this. I was watching Hitler’s Holocaust on Prime the other night, and all of a sudden I was watching it with a different perspective. I actually “saw” that this could happen here.

  3. I doubt the kids are even at school to see the name Lincoln and the real travesty is with people like this they will teach their version of Lincoln, so the children won’t stand a chance and know what the man did for the Country much less the people living in it.

  4. Well said. Remember a few months ago when leftists and their media toadies said “we only want Confederate generals removed”? Yeah, me too. They also are removing Feinstein’s name from an elementary school, LOL! First off, anyone who views history through the lens of today’s “values” is an ignorant fool. Next, I suggest SF name all of its schools after Mao, Stalin, Che and Pol Pot. The current leadership has a lot in common with them.

  5. Could you imagine opening this article and reading your kid’s first grade teacher thinks Abraham Lincoln did not do enough for black people in this country? At that point, I would not care how much private school cost.

    I’m guessing this teacher thinks he has done more for black people in this country than Abraham Lincoln. Would be great to know exactly what Lincoln could have done to placate this moron.

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