'I Think San Francisco Is on a Slippery Slope': Professor Cherny Comments on Plan to Remove Controversial Mural

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/WASHINGTON POST -- Robert W. Cherny, a professor emeritus of History at San Francisco State University and an Arnautoff biographer, said he was unsure of the fate of other panels in the mural that community members didn’t object to, including a ceiling panel depicting the sun and a rainbow.

If all the panels are to be removed and Arnautoff’s intent is to be disregarded, he said, the school board should recognize it voted to cover up a rainbow during a time when the city is celebrating LGBT pride.

“This is the beginning,” he said. “I think San Francisco is on a slippery slope.”