Mayor Wu’s Invite Mishap
Last night, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu hosted the annual holiday dinner for elected officials of color, but faced criticism after an invitation mishap caused the exclusion of white city leaders. The mayor’s staff mistakenly sent out invitations to only officials of color, which sparked controversy and accusations of segregation.
Critics Accuse Mayor of Segregation
Critics of the event argue that the exclusionary nature of the invite was divisive and anti-white. Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld described the party as segregationist, while one white member of the city council called it “unfortunate and divisive.” However, Black City Councilor Brian Worrell defended the invitation, stating that it was a way to celebrate the diversity and representation of all kinds of special groups.
Mayor Wu, who praised the dinner party as a celebration of diversity, highlighted the growth of minority lawmakers since she first took office. In an Instagram post, she expressed her pride in seeing the group grow and create space for mentorship and fellowship among those who are breaking down barriers. She emphasized that the dinner was a time to celebrate and enjoy each other’s company.
The photo of the dinner sparked a mixed reaction online. Some criticized the mayor for her actions, accusing her of promoting segregation. Others praised the diversity and representation in the event, expressing the importance of seeing themselves represented in elected officials.
No Public Funds Used
It was clarified that no city funds were used to pay for the holiday dinner. Mayor Wu’s press secretary, Ricardo Patrón, made it clear that the expenses were not covered by public funds.
Fox News’ Kristine Parks and the Associated Press contributed to this report.