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'Electeds of Color': Boston mayor's office mistakenly sends invitations for non-white holiday party to entire city council
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

'Electeds of Color': Boston mayor's office mistakenly sends invitations for non-white holiday party to entire city council

The office of Boston Mayor Michelle Wu mistakenly sent holiday party invitations — meant only for city council "Electeds of Color" — to the entire city council, prompting a white city council member to call the move "divisive."

What are the details?

Denise DosSatnos — director of city council relations in the mayor's administration — sent an email to the council’s “honorable members” that read, “On behalf of Mayor Michelle Wu, I cordially invite you and a guest to the Electeds of Color Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Parkman House, 33 Beacon Street,” WFXT-TV reported.

About 15 minutes later, DosSatnos sent a follow-up email to council members apologizing for the previous message, the station said: “I wanted to apologize for my previous email regarding the Holiday Party for tomorrow. I did send that to everyone by accident, I apologize if my email may have offended or came across as so. Sorry for any confusion this may have caused.”

Councilor Frank Baker, who is white, called the decision to exclude some members “unfortunate and divisive" but said he wasn't offended, Boston Patch reported.

Here's a look at the 13-member council:

Image source: City of Boston

Image source: City of Boston

Wu on Wednesday afternoon told WFXT that the group has been in existence for many years and compared the holiday party to Boston’s various multi-faith holiday celebrations.

“I mean, again, this is a group that has been in place for many, many years. We celebrate all [kinds] of connection and identity and culture and heritage in the city. Just yesterday we hosted in the city our official Hannukah celebration, we have had tree lightings," Wu said, according to the station. “We want to be a city where everyone’s identity is embraced … and there are spaces and communities we can help support.”

How have folks been reacting?

Commenters under the Libs of TikTok post on X about the faux pas were incredulous.

"I guess segregation is good again," conservative social media figure Ian Miles Cheong wrote. "Nice."

Here's a sampling of similar reactions:

  • "If paid by the city, I'm pretty sure that's illegal," another commenter said.
  • "This is really outrageous — it’s discriminatory and morally offensive," another user noted. "Isn’t this illegal? Imagine if a politician did a whites-only Holiday Party. Democrat politicians like Wu are the people responsible for race tensions in America."
  • "The white ones should show up since they received an invitation," another commenter declared. "Make them ban them because of the color of their skin."
  • "Sheesh, I'm old enough to remember when segregation was a bad thing," another user noted.

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Dave Urbanski

Dave Urbanski

Sr. Editor, News

Dave Urbanski is a senior editor for Blaze News and has been writing for Blaze News since 2013. He has also been a newspaper reporter, a magazine editor, and a book editor. He resides in New Jersey. You can reach him at durbanski@blazemedia.com.
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