President U.S. Grant had his statue toppled by undereducated mobs
First a brief historical review:
The American Civil War was fought from April 12, 1861 – May 9, 1865.
According to revised calculations by historian J. David Hacker, an estimated 750,000 soldiers died in the war. It was fought to end slavery in the southern states, which responded by seceding from the United States, after the election of President Abraham Lincoln who was committed to ending the abhorrent practice.
The war ended with the surrender of the southern (Confederate) forces, to the Union army. Slavery was officially abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, passed by congress in 1865.
The most lasting accomplishments attributed to President Lincoln are the preservation of the Union, the vindication of democracy, and the end of slavery. General Ulysses Grant led the Union Army as Commanding General and was later elected President of the United States serving 1869 -1877. Both Lincoln and Grant were Republicans.
These facts are known to Americans who are forty or older. They can recite the Preamble to the Constitution and the Pledge of Allegiance, know the words to the National Anthem, and that Abraham Lincoln was responsible for the Emancipation Proclamation.
Today in San Francisco, none of those deeds matter. Abraham Lincoln is described as “not demonstrating the black lives mattered to him,” and is no longer deserving of having a high school named in his honor.
Jeremiah Jeffries, the man behind the move to rename 44 of San Francisco’s schools, is a first grade teacher who was influenced by his parents — both prominent members of the Nation of Islam — who set up their own Islamic school, the Sister Clara Muhammad School that serves a black Muslim population.
The Nation of Islam has long been defined as an organized hate group for its blatantly racist, virulent anti-Semitic, anti-homosexual teachings and inflamed rhetoric of black superiority over whites.