San Francisco School Board Vice President’s Tweets Draw Criticism For Racism

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A San Francisco School Vice President was removed from her position by board members after the public rediscovered posts she uploaded on Twitter in 2016 that seemed to be racist towards Asian students.

The school board held a regular meeting on Tuesday where Vice President Alison Collins issued an apology for the first time for her previous tweets. While she issued her regrets, she showed no intention of stepping down from her position.

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Due to Collins’ resistance, two other school board members planned to introduce a resolution at Thursday’s special meeting. The proposal would advise for the removal of the vice president’s titles.

“Id like to reemphasize my sincere and heartfelt apologies and I’m currently engaging with my colleagues and working with the community for the good of all children in our district,” said Collins.

Jenny Lam, a member of the school board, demanded for Collins to issue her apology, and expressed her agreement of stripping the vice president of her titles.

I am not alone when I say I don’t have confidence in Commissioner Collins’ ability to fairly govern a school district that is almost half API with no bias. Restorative justice begins by acknowledging the harm and making the intentional effort to connect with those in the community that has been harmed,” said Lam.

Lam and fellow school board member Moliga were the two responsible for introducing a resolution at their Thursday special meeting. The proposal aims to strip Collins of her VP position and committee assignments.

The situation erupted after several of Collins’ tweets from 2016 resurfaced. Some of which read, “I grew up in mostly Asian Am schools and know this experience all too well. Many Asian Am believe they benefit from the ‘model minority.’”

“Commissioner Collins’ words undermine the labor of communities and our students to dismantle it and it is especially harmful. Words matter,” said Lam, KRON4 reported.

Massive support was given to the proposal during the virtual meeting where 1,000 people signed on, hoping to raise awareness regarding Collins’ tweets. However, there were some who did not have the chance to speak due to President Gabriela Lopez’ failure to adequately make use of the time.

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