Is Cancel-Culture Getting Cancelled?


April 8, 2021

A major signal that people are growing tired of cancel-culture as San Francisco’s school board formally suspends a plan to rename 44 schools as part of a racial reckoning that critics say went too far. 

Before we can understand why people are growing tired of cancel-culture, we must understand what it actually is.

“Cancel-culture is best described as trying to punish someone through public shame, bullying, and boycott because you disagree with them or you claim (usually falsely) that they are bad or did something heinously wrong,” Carl DeMaio stated. 

DeMaio went on to point out that cancel-culture does not determine accountability. “If we were talking about accountability, there would be a fact-based process to determine guilt, responsibility, and culpability,” he said.

Now, in San Francisco (a place that some would argue is the birthplace of cancel-culture), we are seeing signs of people growing tired of the modern form of ostracism. 

In January, San Francisco’s Board of Education said it’s City’s schools honored figures linked to things such as racism and sexism. Among them were schools named for presidents Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Paul Revere. Not even Senator Dianne Feinstein escaped the wrath of cancel-culture. She made the list as well.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Education voted unanimously to reverse its much-criticized decision to strip the names of a third of San Francisco’s public schools. 

The vote comes after many parents and students blasted the board for using their time on renaming schools, instead of focusing on how to get students back to classrooms while they sit at home due to the pandemic lockdowns. The renaming efforts were also criticized for historical inaccuracies and lack of research that included consulting Wikipedia rather than historians.

Listen to Carl explain how people are pushing back against cancel-culture HERE

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