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On the heels of school board members in San Francisco being recalled for prioritizing progressivism over education, members are blaming “white supremacy” for their removal.
Parents and residents in San Francisco voted to recall the three left-wing members last week, as The Daily Wire reported. Citizens launched the effort targeting President Gabriela López, Vice President Faauuga Moliga, and Commissioner Alison Collins last month alleging the members were not focusing on schools reopening during COVID-19 and sought to rename 44 schools based on politics.
The members are now citing racism as the reason for their removal, with Lopez tweeting last week, “So if you fight for racial justice, this is the consequence. Don’t be mistaken, white supremacists are enjoying this. And the support of the recall is aligned with this.”
The former president also retweeted one post that claims the recall effort “was funded by republican billionaires, led by … ‘reopen the schools’ moms that used id politics and anti-blackness to turn out votes within the conservative asian immigrant community.”
Echoing this sentiment, Collins tweeted that the recall “has emboldened more dehumanization of Black folks” and that former Vice President Mike Pence’s opinion on the recall was representative of a “dog whistle.” Pence told students at Stanford University he “had to read” the results “twice” when they were released in San Francisco, noting: “This week in San Francisco parents recalled three woke school board members who cared more about renaming schools than reopening them.”
San Francisco Mayor London Breed admitted Sunday while speaking to NBC’s Chuck Todd that the city’s board of education “failed our children.” Voters showed out in numbers to remove the progressive members, with 70% supporting the removal of each member. Following the recall results being announced, Breed said a “clear message” was communicated.
“The voters of this city have delivered a clear message that the school board must focus on the essentials of delivering a well-run school system above all else,” said the mayor. “San Francisco is a city that believes in the value of big ideas, but those ideas must be built on the foundation of a government that does the essentials well.”
Prominent Democrats have weighed in on the schools controversy. Former presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed published Thursday that what occurred in San Francisco must constitute a “dire warning to the national Democratic Party.”
“I continue to believe that a healthy and vibrant Democratic Party remains essential to beating back the Republican Party’s dangerous turn toward authoritarianism and its tolerance for election subversion,” he wrote. “But I am deeply concerned that, absent an immediate course correction, the party is headed for a wipeout in November, up and down the ballot.”
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