Democrat Mayor Boston Michelle Wu became the subject of nationwide criticism and scorn when a Wednesday report revealed that a mayoral aide had mistakenly sent an invite for an “Elects of Color Holiday Party,” excluding White city officials to the entire city council. Wu has since attempted to defend her decision to host the exclusionary event despite widespread condemnation of its objectively racist nature.
According to Fox News, Wu told reporters that following the error by her aide the invitations were withdrawn within fifteen minutes. However, this did nothing to address the critique of having a party that deliberately excludes people based on their race to begin with.
In an email that followed the retraction, Wu wrote, “I did send that to everyone by accident, and I apologize if my email may have offended or came across as so. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused,” according to The Boston Herald.
She said during a press conference, “We had individual conversations with everyone so people understand that it was truly just an honest mistake that went out in typing the email field.”
“I think we’ve all been in a position at one point where an email went out, and there was a mistake in the recipient,” Wu added dismissively according to WCVB Boston.
“It is my intention that we can, again, be a city that lives our values and create space for all kinds of communities to come together,” she claimed.
When asked by reporters if hosting a party for city officials that deliberately excludes white people based purely on race Wu attempted to deflect saying, “There are multiple ways that we celebrate with everyone. There are several holiday parties that the entire city council and all of our elected colleagues have been invited to.”
However, as noted by Trending Politics’ Co-founder Collin Rugg, the racist incident is not Wu’s first. Rugg observed “Wu has a history of extreme anti-white rhetoric. During a St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast in 2022, Wu “joked” about all the problems whites were causing. “I’m getting used to dealing with problems that are expensive, disruptive, and white… I’m talking about snowflakes, snowstorms, snowflakes!”
Councilor Frank Baker said the party was divisive according to the Herald, “But what are you going to do about it, I’m on my way out,” he added.
Councilor-at-Large Ruthzee Louijeune, however, claimed in a post to X, “Never let facts get in the way of some manufactured outrage,” he wrote. “Electeds of Color has existed for over a decade and the holiday party is an annual tradition. Wait until someone tells them about the Congressional Black Caucus or MA Black and Latino Legislative Caucus. The horror!!”
Wu celebrated the event in a post written to Instagram Thursday saying, “Last night was my turn to host the annual holiday dinner for Boston’s elected officials of color — a special moment to appreciate that our affinity group now includes leadership across city, state, county, and federal offices. Not too long ago in Boston, we didn’t need such a big table to fit electeds of color,” she added.
“But over my time as a City Councilor and now Mayor, following so many leaders who have paved the way, I’ve proudly watched this group grow and create space for mentorship and fellowship among many who are breaking down barriers while holding the weight of being the first or only. Throughout the year, we work to represent our communities with urgency and determination. And at the holidays, we take the time to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company!”
Wu has, as of this writing, offered nothing resembling an apology to the White Boston officials who were deliberately discriminated against on the basis of their race.