Some of America’s proudest moments and two of its founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson And George Washington, are now under attack as well as the First American Flag made by Betsy Ross.
Iconic George Washington Paintings
Some are already attacking George Washington. At George Washington High School in San Francisco they’re spending $600,000 to paint over the historic mural “The Life of Washington.” The 13 panel mural painted Washington as a soldier, surveyor, statesman and signer of the Declaration of Independence. George Washington High School was named in honor of our first President. One of the 1,600-square foot murals contains images of white pioneers standing over the body of a Native Americans and slaves working at Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. The mural is now, after 83 years, deemed as being controversial and therefore will be destroyed.
The school board’s unanimous decision to remove the painting was made during the week of America’s birthday. Most of the $600,000 earmarked for the project will go toward a required environmental review and to cover expected legal challenges.
Today you can have expressive and radical art, often mandated, when we build new public buildings, but now the art can’t have a truthful rendering of history.
Iconic Thomas Jefferson Day in His Hometown
Thomas Jefferson died on the 4th of July. He was the 3rd president of the United States and wrote the Declaration of Independence– the founding document signed by our founding fathers.
Thomas Jefferson was the architect that designed Monticello, famous for its design layout and even its doors. Monticello is located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. The University of Virginia is in Charlottesville and was founded by Thomas Jefferson.
This year Charlottesville canceled Thomas Jefferson Day on the 4th of July and replaced it with Slave Emancipation Day.
Iconic Betsy Ross Flag
Many associate The Betsy Ross flag with the birth of our nation. Because the flag was used during a time when slavery was legal in the United States, Nike removed it from a shoe line just before the 4th of July, stating concerns that it might be offensive.
How is history offensive? Should we accept and acknowledge the past even with it many flaws? Why is history good for over 250 years and now bad to only this generation?
On July 4, 1776, we began setting up our opportunity for human freedom to flourish– the most freedom the world has ever known. Our example continues to be the world’s beacon as we see thousands risk their lives daily on the southern border to have our lifestyle– a lifestyle we seem determined to hate.
The United States of America isn’t perfect. We’re merely the very best. Compare it to Russia and Germany and what they did and how many innocent people they killed during and after World War II and the Holocaust. Look at Europe. They were the center of two world wars where millions died. Chinese and Japanese rulers murdered millions to keep control of their countries.
We have our issues but freedom of thought, freedom of speech, freedom of movement should be cherished.