Two Boston public school officials resigned over texts they sent each other disparaging white people from a local neighborhood, the Boston Globe reported Monday.
Boston School Committee Member Lorna Rivera resigned Friday before the text messages from a conversation with the committee’s chair Alexandra Oliver-Dávila were about to be made public, according to the Boston Globe.
“Sick of Westie whites,” Rivera reportedly texted during an October meeting, referring to the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. The meeting was focusing on a proposal to temporarily eliminate the admissions test for the city’s exam schools, and instead use grades, zip codes and other scores for admissions. Oliver-Dávila agreed with Rivera, responding “Me too. I really feel like saying that.”
“Wait until the white racists start yelling at us,” Rivera, a professor of women’s studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, reportedly texted during the exchange.
“Whatever,” Oliver-Dávila replied. “They’re delusional. I hate WR [West Roxbury].”
The Boston Globe had requested documents showing exchanges between committee members during the October meeting, but the texts were withheld from the newspaper, which appeared to break public records laws.
Oliver-Dávila reportedly told Boston Globe columnist Marcela García that she planned to stay on the committee despite exposure to the text exchange, but Boston.com indicated Tuesday that Oliver-Dávila also resigned.