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Let’s talk about (stereotypes in the) Washington Murals… – Alison Collins

Let’s talk about (stereotypes in the) Washington Murals…

Posted by on July 26, 2019

by Alison Collins on July 26, 2019 on Medium

“By now, you’ve probably heard something about the SF School Board’s historic decision to remove the offensive murals at Washington High School.

While it’s not surprising, news coverage has failed to represent perspectives from groups who have been negatively impacted by the murals: namely, Black and Indigenous students and families.

Indigenous families in SFUSD have officially asked for the removal of the murals for three years running, saying the murals traumatize students and reinforce stereotypes about their community. Black students, parents and community members have also protested the mural’s flawed portrayals of their history since the mid 60’s.

With this in mind, I wanted to share what I’ve learned from the important conversations I’ve been listening to.

Read the rest of the article here.

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