Twitter started the debate on Abraham Lincoln’s cancellation once again. Last month, schools in San Francisco revealed they would be removing Lincoln’s name. Here’s what happened.
Lincoln has been a notable part of history over the years. However, at the end of 2020, some people started questioning the honor that he was given. Things became more heated in 2021 after it was revealed that Lincoln’s name would be removed from the public school curriculum along with few others. Here all are the details.
Why was Abraham Lincoln cancelled?
At the end of January 2021, schools in San Francisco had declared that Lincoln’s name would be removed from the school curriculum. At the same time, names of people like George Washington, Dianne Feinstein, and others would also be removed.
In response to this, it was decided that new names would be added and these would be of people who had “no connection to slavery, oppression, racism, genocide or similar criteria,” as reported by The Guardian.
In response to the names being removed the government said at that time that these names were removed as they “significantly diminished the opportunities of those amongst us to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” “It’s a message to our families, our students, and our community,” said Mark Sanchez, a board member said at that time. “It’s not just symbolic. It’s a moral message.”
This discussion had started in December when people had been raising awareness about Black Lives Matter. In some places, Lincoln’s statues were vandalized.
How did the people respond to this cancellation?
At the time of this discussion, people on the internet were divided. Some believed that Lincoln should be cancelled, and there were others who thought otherwise.
To date, people have been debating if the government in San Francisco made the right decision. There are a few who still oppose it.