Cancel culture just ate another one of its own.
According to a report from Fox News, Dianne Feinstein’s hometown of San Francisco, California has voted to remove the Democratic senator’s name from a local elementary school.
Feinstein joins a number of historical figures and even former presidents like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in being deemed unworthy of having a school named for them in a recent vote by the San Francisco Board of Education, Fox reports.
According to reports, the purported wrongdoing for which Feinstein is currently taking heat occurred in 1986, when she was mayor of San Francisco. Feinstein is alleged to have put up a replacement for a Confederate flag flying at City Hall after it was pulled down by vandals.
When the flag was targeted a second time, Feinstein didn’t replace it, Fox noted.
For her supposed sins, the school board voted 6 to 1 Tuesday to rename Dianne Feinstein Elementary School, according to Fox.
A silver lining?
In all, a whopping 44 schools are set to be renamed following the vote, including ones honoring Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, and Francis Scott Key, who penned The Star-Spangled Banner. According to the Daily Caller, the board complained that the men were slave owners.
Of course, there’s a silver lining in all of this for Feinstein: it may be one of the only times her name actually appears alongside some of these great leaders.
According to the Daily Caller, the school board’s guidelines for determining which schools should be renamed included provisions calling for changes if the honoree was “directly involved in the colonization of people;” perpetuated “genocide or slavery;” exploited workers or people; “directly oppressed or abused women, children, queer or transgender people; was “connected to any human rights or environmental abuses;” or if they were a “known” racist, among other things.
“Flawed in two ways”
Feinstein probably isn’t too happy to be among those names — but luckily for her, she may have her constituents on her side here. The Daily Caller reports that a group called Families for San Francisco has complained that the committee assigned to recommend these name changes had “flawed” methods of research.
“The Committee’s process was flawed in two ways,” the group argued in a statement, “1. The Committee did not ‘engage the larger San Francisco community in a sustained discussion’ as the original Resolution resolved. 2. The Committee was not guided or informed by professional historians or any other parties with the historical expertise required for the Committee to do its work.”
Others reportedly complained that the school board ought to have better things to do than renaming long-standing institutions — like working on reopening schools in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, perhaps.