On Monday, a Boston Common protester apparently wanted to give Mayor Michelle Wu an ear.
There was only one problem, however: the woman he was criticizing was not her.
The protester interrupted a press conference with State Rep. Nika Elugardo aimed at bolstering support for voter registration on Election Day, a move that supporters said would help increase turnout among black voters and latinos in massachusetts, MassLive reports.
The protester, an unidentified man wearing sunglasses and a mask, claimed the American Civil Liberties Union did not care about minority communities and called on authorities to investigate criminal cases involving Annie Dookhan, a former state chemist who fabricated evidence in approximately 24,000 cases.
The ACLU has asked the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to dismiss more than 40,000 cases that were affected by Dookhan in 2016, the outlet reports.
“You are a political puppet…Why don’t you look into it, Mayor Wu?” the protester said, apparently thinking Wu was part of the group leading the conference. “Look at this – you will find out the truth, Mayor Wu.”
But the mayor was not there.
Instead, the protester unknowingly directed his criticism to Beth Huang, executive director of the Massachusetts Voter Table, who shed some light on the incident. on Twitter later Monday.
“If only being a 5’4″ Asian woman had imbued me with the powers of being Mayor of Boston,” Huang wrote.
“I’m not @wutrain, but we both support voting rights!” she wrote in a follow up Tweeter.
Wu also chimed in on Twitter.
“We should be in trouble with this,” she tweeted in Houang.
Wu is no stranger to protesters, as a vocal minority has raised opposition to mandates to vaccinate city workers and inside against COVID-19 in recent weeks, including staging protests outside the home of the Mayor of Roslindale.
But Monday’s incident seemed to succinctly underscore the sexism and racism that Wu, the first woman and person of color elected to mayor, has endured since taking office in November. She and other public officials spoke out and spoke out about the ongoing problem during her short tenure as mayor.
Monday’s press conference came as the Coalition for Election Modernization, a group of voting and civil rights organizations, continued to push for election day voter registration to be included. in a massive voting reform legislative package in Beacon Hill.
The proposal, if passed, could return certain practices — like mail-in voting — adopted during the Massachusetts election COVID-19 standing fixtures, MassLive reports.
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