San Francisco School Board VP asked to resign over racist anti-Asian tweets

San Francisco School Board Vice President Alison Collins has come under fire for some tweets about Asians which she posted in 2016, and now there are calls for her resignation


San Francisco School Board Vice President Alison Collins has come under fire for some tweets about Asians which she posted in 2016, and now there are calls for her resignation, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The thread on Twitter starts off with Collons asking for "news stories highlighting hate speech or bullying of Asian students."

She then went on to say she was "looking to combat anti-black racism in the Asian community" at her daughters' "mostly Asian" school, adding that many Asians "won't engage in critical race convos unless they see how they are impacted by white supremacy."

She then claims many Asians "believe they benefit from the 'model minority' BS," and that many Asian Americans "actively promote these myths. They use white supremacist thinking to assimilate and 'get ahead'"

She goes on to criticize the social media timelines of Asians, saying they're "full of White and Asian ppl. No recognition #BlackLivesMatter exists."

Collins then quesions why more Asians don't stand up against Trump, saying "Don't Asian Americans know they are on his list as well?"

After her tweets came to light, Collins issued a statement on Saturday claiming that her previous tweets "have been taken out of context."

In a statement, she expands on this by saying "President Donald Trump had just won an election fueled by division, racism and an anti-immigration agenda," and highlights a recent episode of bullying her daughter witnessed.

She goes on to say "Words have meaning and impact. Trump showed us that clearly with his sowing of hate and pitting communities of color against one another for political gain."

She stresses, "Let me be clear: I stand with the Asian American community against acts of violence."

Her attempts to reframe her previous comments have not been well-recieved, with many people calling her out.

Board member Jenny Lam, who feels it's in the best interest of the school district for Collins to step down, has called Collins' statement a "non-apology."

"She deflected the issue to former President Trump, and claimed her tweets were 'taken out of context' twice when it was made clear when and why she made those statements."

A statement issued by 22 past and present elected officials says "We are outraged and sickened by the racist, anti-Asian statements tweeted by school board Vice President Alison Collins that recently came to light," and go on to ask her to resign from her post.

An Instagram post from the Lowell Black Student Union reads "Based on recent news, we will be removing the Board of Education Commissioner Collins as a panelist for our event tonight. The Lowell Black Student Union stands with the Asian community and condemns all acts of Anti-Asian hate."

At the time of publishing, Collins has not resigned.


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