What is going on in San Francisco?

The rejection of a progressive district attorney and the recall of progressive school board members suggests that even in liberal true-blue bastions, as this San Francisco writer suggests in The Atlantic, there are limits to Democratic voters’ support for radical changes tied to a racial reckoning:

The San Francisco School Board recently returned the admissions policy at Lowell, the city’s most prestigious public high school, to the merit-based system that it had used for more than a century. Thus ended a short-lived lottery introduced in the name of racial equity. The board also abandoned a campaign to erase “The Life of Washington,” a WPA-era mural at George Washington High School by the artist Victor Arnautoff. Arnautoff was a Communist, and his mural, which depicts slaves picking cotton at Mount Vernon, was intentionally subversive. But an earlier incarnation of the board had voted first to destroy it, then to cover it up, saying that removing it from view was a form of “reparations.” The board member Alison Collins had said, “This mural is not historic. It is a relic.”

These two decisions, both 4–3 votes, represent a double rejection by the current board of the hypersensitive poses adopted by its predecessor. When you factor in the 2021 collapse of the infamous school-renaming campaign, it’s a trifecta. Our deep-blue city seems to have grown weary of the more radical elements of the new racial-justice movement. And although this story is specific to San Francisco, if it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.

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The San Francisco school board’s plan to cover up or paint over this mural at the George Washington High School was only one of the flash points that brought about the recall campaign that saw three of the board’s most liberal members lose their seats.

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