Famous Nashville Prep School Harpeth Hall officially ended its annual George Washington celebration social this year because it’s not “relevant” to the expensive private school’s history curriculum.
“After much thoughtful dialogue spanning several years, Harpeth Hall has decided to discontinue the annual George Washington Celebration,” wrote Jess Hill, the head of the institution, in a statement to the Tennessee Star.
Hill told the Tennessee paper the school decided for three reasons to forgo the gathering that celebrated the father of the nation:
- “It is not consistent with or relevant to the way that we teach history today.”
- “It does not demonstrate the significant role that women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups play in our nation’s history.”
- “A growing number of students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are expressing their discomfort with this tradition.”
In 2020, “discomfort” celebrating the first American president who led the new nation through its war for independence is becoming commonplace in the 21st century woke revolution as the progressive left tears down statues, purges books, and disgraces early heroes to rewrite the country’s history.
Harpeth Hall, an elite all-women institution at which middle school tuition costs nearly $28,000 and upper school tuition reaches nearly $29,000, appears to be no exception. Actress Reese Witherspoon and singer Amy Grant are among the school’s notable alumni.
“For the past several years, the Leadership Team, faculty, and students have questioned in separate discussions the long-standing tradition of the George Washington Celebration at Harpeth Hall – a place where girls are at the center of our story,” Hill wrote to the Star. “In consideration of their feedback and our mission, we have decided that the George Washington Celebration held on February 13, 2020 marks our final performance.”
George Washington has also been the target of Black Lives Matter protestors across the country, where protestors in Portland toppled the statue and burned the American flag over the defaced memorial.
Protesters in northeast Portland have pulled down a statue of George Washington pic.twitter.com/5tOzAVbUp5
— Mike Baker (@ByMikeBaker) June 19, 2020
A memorial to the first president was also vandalized at Washington Park in Chicago.
Graffiti covers the more than 100 year old George Washington statue on the Southside.
Messages in red spray paint read “Slave Owner” “Burn the Whitehouse down” & “God bless AmeriKKKa”
Some neighbors want the statue to go, others say it’s part of history. pic.twitter.com/ePlN5JyAlr
— Alexis McAdams (@AlexisMcAdamsTV) June 14, 2020
In Washington D.C., busts of the nation’s founder at The George Washington University were temporarily removed ahead of violent riots engulfing the capitol.
A stunning image– looks like GW may have removed George Washington's head to protect it from riots in DC. Truly disconcerting times pic.twitter.com/RkzMZ9okCH
— Kara Zupkus (@kara_kirsten) June 2, 2020
CNN Political Analyst Angela Rye has called for all statues to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson to be removed for engaging in the sins of slavery.
By the same standards, here’s a list of other historical figures that ought to be cancelled under the left’s new goalposts for who warrants blanket condemnation from the past.
On Saturday, the New York Times writer behind the legacy paper’s anti-American “1619 Project” to rewrite the nation’s past said it was “an honor” for the recent surge in civil unrest to be deemed the “1619 Riots.” The nationwide rioting has destroyed minority businesses and eroded law and order in the name of social justice.