Political mailers for the Denver School Board election sent out by a group funded by Denver and Colorado teacher unions are in hot water for trying to white wash the Latina identities away from two of their targets.
Not only did they erase part the candidate’s Latino surnames, they took liberties with their images, Chalkbeat reports:
“When [the Denver Classroom Teachers Association] whitens candidates’ faces and puts our names — or what they have decided our names are — next to blatant lies and misrepresentations, they are lacking the very integrity we hope our students are learning,” candidates Alexis Menocal Harrigan and Diana Romero Campbell said in a joint statement.
It’s an outrageous story that deserves full attention, read it here.
The group wasn’t remorseful at all, calling it an outrageous distraction.
But wait, there’s more.
The group’s spokesman went on to claim “Alexis Menocal Harrigan only wanted to be known as ‘Alexis’ based on her own branding and all her campaign materials.”
A more formal and appropriate apology was later issued, after outrage erupted, and rightly so, from a long list of public officials.
Chalkbeat first reported on the mailers Oct. 17.
Colorado Politics reported Oct. 21 about the formal apology, with this news that yet another racist mailer is on the way to Denver mailboxes:
“In the next day or two, there will be an additional mail piece that went out before we were able to correct our mistake,” the statement said. “Voters deserve to know where candidates stand. Hopefully, we can all move forward to focus on the issues that impact students.”
Maybe we’re wrong, but if the group was truly sorry, they would have recognized their error days ago and stopped the next mailer in plenty of time.
Decide for yourself.