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This SF political group put a racist headpiece on a City supervisor 😠🎩

Also: Beloved UCSF doctor leaves the "NoVid" club.


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There’s a reason why we don’t see dunce caps used anymore in popular media — the sheer shape of them connotes racism, hate crimes, and shame.

Keeping up with GrowSF’s Twitter account is an exercise in neural deterioration. Aside from the elementary-grade social copy, their account, which scrolls 916 tweets as of publishing, revels in twisted factoids and graphics that were clearly designed with no tasteful queer person in the room.
 
The conservative YIMBY political group was founded by former tech bros Steven Buss and Sachin Agarwal and has come under fire for a number of mistakes. When tech executive and founder Bob Lee was killed after being stabbed on the 400 block of Main Street around 2:30 a.m. on April 4th, GrowSF immediately took to social media, using Lee’s death as a vehicle to drive their own pro-police agenda. Multiple times. 

No, you’re not reading the overhead statement wrong: GrowSF pedaled the death of 43-year-old Lee as a sideways glance to raise funds and support their own plans.

After acquiring The Bold Italic, GrowSF promised the publication would remain apolitical and exist separate from the organization. They’ve since broken that promise countless times, specifically in publishing an op-ed that supported the renovation of The Castro — a contentious initiative GrowSF supports — while failing to publish a counter piece to balance out any bias; The Bold Italic’s newsletter on Substack now directs subscribers to peruse GrowSF for its insights on local news; GrowSF will often promote The Bold Italic on the PAC’s social media accounts — blurring those lines of sound, ethical journalism further.

GrowSF filled its official political action committee against District 5 Supervisor Dean Preston in November of last year. You might remember this bit of news; the San Francisco Examiner included it in a front-page story that placed a literal bulls-eye on Preston, who is openly Jewish, during a particularly heated time when antisemitic remarks were rife in popular culture. GrowSF did not denounce the imposed bulls-eye.

Well, the oft-maligned PAC recently did a shockingly similar blunder by photo-editing a dunce cap on Preston as part of its “Dump Dean” campaign.

If you’re like us, seeing Preston — again, an openly Jewish City supervisor — crowned with the white cone headpiece was immediately jarring, especially with the shape's known association with the Ku Klux Klan — the "KKK."


San Francisco’s Dr. Robert “Bob” Wachter contracts Covid... and suffers a serious head injury 🗑️🤒
I’ve been a fan of USCF Professor Dr. Robert “Bob” Wachter and his grounding, centering tweet storms that laid out pandemic jargon into digestible threads, especially during the height of the Covid-19 health emergency. Wachter acted as a balm for many, providing sensible recommendations on how to navigate infection and exposure in a post-pandemic world.

Despite his close proximity to infected family members — his son and wife both previously contracted Covid-19 — Wachter managed to avoid contracting the not-so-novel respiratory disease, staying firmly in the “Novid” club. That all changed this week when he contracted Covid-19… leaving him to wake up in a pool of his own blood on the bathroom floor (more on that in the full article).


Coit Tower is going to look like a massive candle this weekend 🗼🕯️
Following a string of public light installations, Illumiate is set to install a laser series at Coit Tower, which will be on display tomorrow, July 14th, through July 16th. 

"[Coit Candle] has received final approval and is all set to move forward this weekend," reads an announcement from the art nonprofit on social media. "Keep your eyes on Coit Tower from sunset to daybreak July 14, 15, & 16 for another stunning light show."

Conservative SF PAC Edited This Racist Headpiece on a City Supervisor

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