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Cancellation politics backfire on ‘racist’ San Francisco school board recall leader


San Francisco Board of Education member Ann Hsu is facing calls for her resignation following what some are calling racially insensitive remarks. It’s hard to feel much sympathy for Ann Hsu , the San Francisco Board of Education commissioner currently facing calls to resign from an office she’s held for less than five months.

For one thing, Hsu said something deeply hurtful and racist about parents in the school district she now represents. Commenting on the challenges facing students, Hsu trotted out an old canard, blaming Black and brown parents for not doing enough to support their children’s educations.

“From my very limited exposure in the past four months to the challenges of educating marginalized students especially in the black and brown community, I see one of the biggest challenges as being the lack of family support for those students,” wrote Hsu in response to a questionnaire from a parents’ group. “Unstable family environments caused by housing and food insecurity along with lack of parental encouragement to focus on learning cause children to not be able to focus on or value learning.”

Unsurprisingly, her words sparked passionate outcry from a wide swath of the San Francisco community. Parent groups, the teachers’ union, […]

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