CNN op-ed blames decades of racism for San Francisco school board recall

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Asian parents in the deep blue city of San Francisco voted overwhelmingly to recall three progressive school board members on Tuesday for prioritizing woke politics over education. Their successful effort garnered national media attention and was endorsed by the city’s black Democratic mayor. But the author of a CNN opinion piece instead blames right-wing racism for the parents’ victory.

The editorial published Tuesday by Columbia researcher Nicole Hemmer, warned that the recall sent a “dangerous” message.

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In his 18-paragraph long article, the academic attempted to connect the backlash to school desegregation in the 1960s South to Asian parents unhappy with the radically progressive curriculum.

“This ‘parents’ rights’ rhetoric is not new to the 2020s; conservatives in Colorado in the 1990s even sought to pass a ‘parents’ rights’ amendment to direct and control education, l ‘education, values, and discipline for their children.’ term,” she began.

“[T]He did well in defining school politics as parents concerned with the violation of their rights by politicians, bureaucrats and judges. Such was the case with desegregation and busing, with black parents constantly pushing for equal access to local schools and better education,” Hemmer wrote, adding, “The idea that it was a movement led by parents, and more particularly by mothers, was the key to the political appeal that opponents of segregation were making. »

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After equating San Francisco liberals with the school segregationists of decades past and then the “Ebony Panic” of the 1990s, Hemmer again claimed that the San Francisco election was boosted by right-wing racists.

“The ebonics panic was just one of many instances where conservatives and moderates found common ground as the right turned moral panics into backlash politics, fostering a sense that something was wrong. with schools, and anyone concerned about the quality of education and the well-being of children should be wary of public schools and progressive politics.In places like Loudoun County and San Francisco, conservative activists are trying to do the same today, turning a series of school discontents into a wave of Republican victories.

But according to the San Francisco Department of Elections, only 6.7% of voters are registered Republicans.

A pedestrian walks past a San Francisco Unified School District office building in San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.

A pedestrian walks past a San Francisco Unified School District office building in San Francisco on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2022.
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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Earlier in the week, one of the defeated board members, San Francisco Unified School District School Board President Gabriela López, bitterly blamed white supremacists for her ousting. She also retweeted this CNN op-ed.

School board member Alison Collins also called Asian American parents a racist slur and accused them of thinking like “white supremacists.”

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