The progressive San Francisco school-board president recalled by voters earlier this week claimed her ouster was a “consequence” of combating for racial justice, and represents a victory for “white supremacists.”
“So if you fight for racial justice, this is the consequence,” board president Gabriela López wrote in a tweet on Thursday. “Don’t be mistaken, white supremacists are enjoying this. And the support of the recall is aligned with this.”
More than 70 % of voters elected to recall López and two different progressive board members, Alison Collins and Faauuga Moliga. The trio have been the one board members on the seven-member board who have been eligible to be recalled.
López shared a screenshot of a Washington Post article in regards to the recall titled, “San Francisco recalls school board members seen as too focused on racial justice.”
The article’s subheading provides, “In a warning for the left, critics saw misplaced priorities, as the board focused on equity issues while schools remained closed.”
As Washington Post politics reporter David Weigel famous in a tweet responding to López, the recall vote was “racially diverse, including hundreds of non-citizen immigrants who were eligible to participate.”
The recall was the product of a year-long effort to reform the board, which critics mentioned prioritized social-justice politics over shepherding the district by way of the Covid-19 pandemic. Parents have been involved the board had not accomplished sufficient to reopen colleges and repair the district’s struggling funds throughout the pandemic.
The vote got here after Siva Raj and Autumn Looijen, two single mother and father, launched a marketing campaign to recall the board members after they refused to reopen town’s colleges final 12 months.
Particularly irritating to the recall’s organizers was the board’s directing its time and power throughout the pandemic towards renaming 44 colleges named after distinguished Americans — together with president Abraham Lincoln and George Washington — and contemplating an in depth to $1 million proposal to paint over an 80-year-old mural at an area college that illustrates the lifetime of Washington, however contains outdated stereotypes.
The district’s funds deficit soared to roughly $125 million final 12 months, and the California Department of Education despatched in an professional to assist the college board craft a plan to repair its funds.
A second of infamy within the board’s historical past got here final February when it hosted a two-hour debate over whether or not a homosexual white dad was numerous sufficient to be part of an all-female volunteer mother or father committee.
Collins, in the meantime, was stripped of her committee assignments and her title of vice chairman in March 2021 after recall organizers found a number of anti-Asian tweets she wrote in 2016 accusing the Asian-American neighborhood of not sufficiently talking out towards Donald Trump.
Mayor London Breed should now appoint three members to change these recalled.
“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,” Breed mentioned in a ready assertion. “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.”