by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The San Francisco Unified School District has decided to rename an elementary school named after California Democratic senator Dianne Feinstein, the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
Dianne Feinstein Elementary School is 1 of 44 schools that will be renamed because the district deemed their namesakes “inappropriate” in October. Feinstein’s cancellable offense was raising a Confederate flag in front of San Francisco City Hall while serving as mayor in 1984.
The district decided to reevaluate its school names following a summer of racial-justice protests. Among the schools it plans to rename are those whose namesakes owned slaves, perpetuated human-rights abuses, or oppressed minorities, women, and the LGBT community.
A 1984 copy of Workers Vanguard reported that “Dixie” Feinstein raised a Confederate flag over the San Francisco Civic Center and replaced the flag after racial-justice protesters tore it down.
Schools named after inventor Thomas Edison and Presidents George Washington, Herbert Hoover, and Abraham Lincoln will also be renamed. According to the district, Lincoln, who emancipated slaves, did not demonstrate that “black lives mattered to him.”
Other schools and local governments across the country have considered renaming buildings whose namesakes they deem problematic.
It probably doesn’t help Feinstein that she has chosen to show some decency in her recent political conduct.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) is under attack by members of her own party—not over some policy dispute but because Feinstein said something nice about Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), her colleague on the Senate Judiciary Committee, following the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
The attacks on Feinstein escalated to the point where Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) was compelled to have a “long and serious talk” with Feinstein about her unacceptable conduct, which included giving Graham a hug at the conclusion of the hearings.