The Massachusetts Attorney General says she won’t investigate discrimination complaints against Boston Mayor Michelle Wu over a party she threw.
The mayor intended to only invite city councilors of color to the event, but a staff member accidentally sent the invite to everyone on the city council sparking a firestorm and accusations Wu had discriminated against White city councilmembers.
State of the Union reports that AG Andrea Campbell declined to look into the matter saying since the party was not open to the public, no violation of public accommodation law happened.
That law prohibits “making any distinction, discrimination, or restriction in admission to or treatment in a place of public accommodation based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, deafness, blindness, or any physical or mental disability, or ancestry.”
Wu has apologized for the invite mistake and said “There are multiple ways that we celebrate with everyone. There are several holiday parties that the entire city council and all of our elected colleagues have been invited to,” the Boston Mayor said according to the Biz Pac Review.
How did a party turn into such a controversy?
Conservative lawmakers have targeted a number of diversity initiatives as discriminatory since the Supreme Court this summer ruled against affirmative action in college admissions.
By this past summer, bills had been introduced in 22 states that would restrict diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in public colleges. By August, at least 5 states had passed the bills, according to US News.
Scholarships and training programs promoting diversity have also come under attack.
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