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San Francisco leaders call for new school board member to resign after racist remark

San Francisco officials are calling for the resignation of a school board member who made a racist comment, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Thursday.

Board of Supervisors President Shamann Walton called for Ann Hsu to step down immediately, despite an apology for claiming Black and brown parents do not encourage their children to focus on or value learning.

“Yeah sure, thank you for the apology, but at the end of the day this is probably reflective of how a person really feels,” Walton said. “It’s disheartening that someone like that is in a position to make decisions for our children.”

Hsu was appointed by Mayor London Breed in March after the successful recall of three school board members. Breed commented on the controversy Wednesday, saying Hsu’s words were “wrong and hurtful,” but did not call for her resignation.

Hsu apologized on social media Tuesday, admitting the comments were “inherently biased” and perpetuated biases.

She said she was “committed to listening, learning and growing as a person.”

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