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Democrat Mayor Defends ‘No Whites’ Holiday Party Despite Backlash

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Boston Mayor Michelle Wu defended her decision to host a holiday party for elected officials of color after mistakenly sending invitations to all city council members.

The event was intended for the city’s six council members of color but was sent to the full 13-member panel.

Wu and other council members of color emphasized that the party is not meant to be divisive but rather to create a space for elected officials of color to come together and share experiences. (Trending: Joe Biden Impeachment Formalized As Republicans Unite)

“I wanted to apologize for my previous email regarding a Holiday Party for tomorrow,” DosSantos 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.”

“We’ve had individual conversations with everyone, so people understand that it was truly just an honest mistake that went out in typing the email field,” Wu said.

However, a white council member called the party “unfortunate and divisive,” although he clarified he was not personally offended.

“It is not at all divisive, it is creating spaces for people and communities and identities with shared experiences to come together,” Ruthzee Louijeune, city councilor at-large said.

“The fact of the matter is it’s much ado about nothing in terms of having a holiday party,” Arroyo said.

“In no way is it supposed to be divisive, causing any friction, and in my experience, most of my colleagues are aware the EOC exists.”

“I don’t really get offended too easily,” Baker said.

“To offend me, you’re going to have to do much more than not invite me to a party.”

“I find it unfortunate that with the temperature the way it is, that we would further that division,” Baker added.

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