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"Town Destroyers" & The Victor Arnautoff GWH Murals With Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman

by Labor Video Project
WorkWeek looks at the new film "Town Destroyers" by Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow. It is about the struggle over the Victor Arnautoff murals at George Washington High.
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"Town Destroyers" & The Victor Arnautoff GWH Murals With Alan Snitow & Deborah Kaufman
WorkWeek looks at an important new documentary film by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufmann called "Town Destroyers”.
The film looks at the struggle over the Victor Arnautoff murals at George Washington high. Victor Arnautoff’s murals on US history have always been controversial and the latest struggle broke out when native American parents and some teachers and students demanded that the murals at the school be destroyed or covered over. This struggle in San Francisco led to a major confrontation that became a national and even international story. Snitow and Whitman talk about their film
and how it looks a the story of the murals and native american people in California.
They interview artists, historians and look at the history of George Washington and Native Americans in California.
The murals are the only ones in the United States at a public site that show George Washington as a slave holder and supporter of the seizure of Native American lands in the United States.
This controversy has become both an national and international issue and made these murals some of the most famous in the world.

Additional Media:
When murals depict traumatic history, schools must decide what stays on the wall
https://www.npr.org/2022/10/14/1127843326/when-murals-depict-traumatic-history-schools-must-decide-what-stays-on-the-wall?fbclid=IwAR1ZkN34c6YLQraxg0oEK4FmD7iAL7WFJAzFq1GQcnZurlOaLDn5fk6__0c

Alice Walker "They should leave the mural and explain the mural to the children" The Destruction Of The George Washington High Victor Arnautoff Murals
https://youtu.be/XPFPTB_XZ6U

SF Washington High Graduate Danny Glover On Arnautoff Murals
https://youtu.be/f08n-7GnuzQ

SFUSD Board & Superintendent Matthews Cutting $300,000 From MLK Middle School While Spending $850,000 To Censor GWHS Arnautoff Murals
https://youtu.be/Y5_NooOFegk

Censorship, Not Destruction? SFUSD Votes To Censor Arnautoff Murals
https://youtu.be/_UmLd091oFU

Danny Glover On The Victor Arnautoff Murals at George Washington High
https://youtu.be/f08n-7GnuzQ

"Erasing History" The Victor Arnautoff Murals & SF George Washington High
https://youtu.be/sxHijlewzoQ

Victor Arnautoff: San Francisco's Master Muralist of the 1930's
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5aYXYqcDNg&t=7s

The Arnautoff GWHS Murals, Identity Politics, Privatization & Public Education
https://youtu.be/iVF0eDdK5iw

More Mural Fever in San Francisco: Arnautoff Controversy Goes Viral
https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/29/more-mural-fever-in-san-francisco-arnautoff-
controversy-goes-viral/

NYC AFT CUNY Resolution on Washington Murals (Delegate Assembly, July 2020)
https://psc-cuny.org/sites/default/files/Resolution-Washington%20Murals%207-2020.pdf

More Information:
https://www.snitow-kaufman.org

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