A historical and ‘offensive’ mural inside San Francisco’s George Washington High School will be removed at a cost of up to $600,000.
The cost dedicated to remove an ‘offensive’ 83-year old mural painted inside San Francisco’s George Washington High School as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal may reach up to $600,000, reported the Associated Press.
However, not all of that will go toward painting over the the 13-panel, 1,600-square foot mural that is considered racist and offensive due to its depiction of black and Native American peoples.
“Most of the $600,000 earmarked for the project will go toward a required environmental review and to cover expected legal challenges,” AP reported.
Victor Arnautoff, a Russian-born Communist and one of the foremost muralists in the San Francisco area during the Great Depression, painted the “Life of Washington” to purposely illustrate an accurate depiction of American history.
In the 1960s and 70s, during the civil rights movement, some students protested the murals.
“As a result, another mural was painted showing different ethnic races in a more positive light,” reports ABC News 7.
Over the last few years, however, as activists began demanding the removal of statues of confederate generals and others deemed to be ‘offensive,’ scrutiny of the ‘Life of Washington’ mural was renewed.
Not everyone is in agreement with removing the mural, however.
“We on the left ought to welcome the honest portrayal,” Richard Walker, a professor emeritus of geography at the University of California, Berkeley stated, adding that destroying a piece of art “is the worst way we can deal with historic malfeasance, historic evils.”