The newest member of the NY Board of Regents, Shino Tanikawa, has a history of “anti-white” tweets

Shino Tanikawa, the newest member of the State Board of Regents, is a leftist who believes “toxic white” is everywhere – and has complained about it on social media

The state parliament made it controversial meeting from Tanikawa, 59, to represent Manhattan and the Bronx on the state’s top education bureaucracy on Tuesday.

“Guess what? Toxic whiteness is EVERYWHERE in this society. Period,” she wrote 2019 in a thread defending ex-school chancellor Richard Carranza.

Tanikawa, who also advised former Mayor Bill de Blasio on school matters smoked on mayoral control of city schools in 2019: “No more ‘control’ – we don’t want to be controlled, certainly not by a white man.”

Tanikawa, who lives in Soho with her white husband, tweeted in another Carranza thread from 2019: “[T]oo Many Asians align with the white power structure rather than being allies of our Black and Hispanic brothers and sisters.”

she tweeted in 2019 that the notion that “an anti-white person of color cannot be a racist” is “correct.”

“You must NOT be color blind,” she said wrote the same year.

The State Education Board called in a statement announcing her appointment, Tanikawa – who describes herself as Asian-American – would “empower… Everyone students, regardless of race.”

Tanikawa’s children, now adults, all attended selective admission public schools, which she now refuses.

Shino Tanikawa's 2019 tweet.
Shino Tanikawa’s 2019 tweet.

She is a longtime member of Manhattan’s fiercely divided Community Education Council 2, where she feuded with then-President Maud Maron, now a public defender to run for Congress.

“I have known Shino for years and have worked with her for many years. She’s an extremist ideological fanatic,’” Maron told The Post. “She’s in the grip of a cult-like belief system that says tests are bad and racist, academic success is just an indicator of privilege and wrong thinking.”

in the a glowing open letter Writing to Maron in 2020, Tanikawa said, “I have no interest in working with you in any political position until you demonstrate your commitment to working against racism.”

This contradicts an oath Tanikawa took as CEC 2 political officer that she would work with elected members, Maron said.

The Soho resident also slammed Parents Defending Education — a nonprofit that fights to remove identity politics from classrooms — as “Parents defend eugenics.”

Councilor Robert Holden (D-Queens) criticized Tanikawa’s appointment in a letter sent to Senate and Assembly leaders on Friday, urging Albany to “stop her.”

“Not only has she made some very racist remarks — anti-white, anti-Asian remarks — some of her actions indicate very radical motivations,” he told the Post. “That’s a big mistake. … There’s no reason to hire someone with a background like that.”

Tanikawa has her defenders.

“She is one of the most conscientious, hardworking, brilliant and passionate people I know,” said Leonie Haimson, Managing Director of Class Size Matters. “As a parent activist, she is held in high esteem by most parents.”

Tanikawa declined to comment.

Additional reporting by Susan Edelman The newest member of the NY Board of Regents, Shino Tanikawa, has a history of “anti-white” tweets


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