Acronyms are White Supremacy

Who is going to tell BIPOC community and the NAACP that their acronyms stem from white supremecy?

I know it gets old saying you can’t make this stuff up, but really, not in my wildest dreams could I ever have mocked anybody to this degree. Spot the bizarre self-own:
“Now the art department of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is getting rid of its acronym VAPA (visual and performing arts) because, its director argues, acronyms are a “symptom of white supremacy.”

A memo from the director explained the new name will be “SFUSD Arts Department” in the effort to disassociate school monikers from racism and slavery.

“We are prioritizing antiracist arts instruction in our work,” department director Sam Bass told ABC7. “The use of so many acronyms within the educational field often tends to alienate those who may not speak English to understand the acronym.”

WHAT DO THEY THINK SFUSD IS? These people are just ridiculously silly. Note also the assumption that the only people who don’t speak English are brown people. Germans, Russians, the Swiss, the French, and on and on and on are not on the radar. Or maybe these woke folk just think only brown people are too dumb to figure out acronyms.

As usual, this is more about virtue signaling and performance theater than doing anything that actually helps minority students succeed:
“The San Francisco school board is still forcing students to work from home even as it focuses on adopting antiracist policies—despite new data showing that remote learning has disproportionately impacted minority students’ test scores, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday. The school district and teachers’ union have so far failed to reach an agreement on how to return to the classroom safely during the coronavirus pandemic.” From the Free Beacon, which notes the district renamed several schools because they were named have problematic figures, like Thomas Jefferson (I get this one), George Washington (the only one of the southern founders to free his slaves, albeit he waited until he was dead so he didn’t have to deal with his wife’s recriminations), and Abraham Lincoln. Also Diane Feinstein, which I don’t care, but it’s because she flew a confederate flag once in 1984.
The kids are not in school, but this matters.

The school district committee which chose which schools to rename based their decisions on information from Wikipedia and other internet sources which schools won’t even let their students cite as sources because they are not reliable. Here.

Snarky short read about it at the dailykos of all places.

They could have simply said we think using the VAPA acronym tends to cause confusion about who we are and what we do among non-English speaking parents, so we’re going to drop VAPA, and probably nobody would have said a thing. But no. They have to make it stupid.

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