San Francisco board halts process to rename Washington, Lincoln and Feinstein colleges

A San Francisco college board voted on Tuesday to droop the controversial strategy of renaming 44 city colleges named after historical and public figures — together with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and newest U.S. senator from California, Dianne Feinstein.

The college board’s actions attracted national attention in January after they restarted a process to rename the 44 colleges named for historical figures who “considerably diminished the opportunities of these amongst us to the correct to lifestyles, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” in accordance with the text of the resolution licensed by the San Francisco Unified Faculty District Board of Education.

Some of these figures “engaged within the subjugation and enslavement of human beings; or who oppressed ladies folks, inhibiting societal progress; or whose actions led to genocide,” the resolution acknowledged.

Assorted figures whose namesake colleges were focused encompass Thomas Jefferson, senator and Mexican-American Battle outdated Robert F. Stockton and naturalist John Muir.

The device to rename the colleges drew bipartisan criticism, together with from San Francisco’s luxuriate in Democratic mayor, London Breed, who known as the difficulty to rename the colleges within the course of the coronavirus pandemic “offensive.”

The choice to rename the 44 colleges furthermore drew complaints and a ruling from a San Francisco Superior Courtroom ordered the board to rescind the device till childhood dangle resumed in-particular person discovering out.

The 6-0 vote on Tuesday formally rescinded the 6-1 vote that kicked off the renaming processin January, NBC Bay Condominium reported, with the board having the formula to revisit the subject at a later date.

In a statement to NBC News on Wednesday, Mayor Breed acknowledged she is “jubilant the Faculty Board took this step, nonetheless what essentially matters appropriate now is our childhood are now not within the college room. That’s the whole lot. We desire to rep all of our colleges originate for plump in particular person discovering out as lickety-split as imaginable. Nothing matters more.”

Image: Tim FitzsimonsTim Fitzsimons

Tim Fitzsimons is a reporter for NBC News. 

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