San Francisco school board is stripping vice president of leadership title over racist tweets

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The San Francisco School Board has voted to strip Vice President Alison Collins of her leadership title after recently uncovered the anti-Asian tweets she wrote in 2016.

In a ‘special meeting’ held Thursday night, the board voted 5-2 to pass a ‘No Confidence Resolution’ against Collins following widespread reactions to her racist tweets.

In addition to revoking her VP title, the resolution also removes Collins from all committees “for the duration of her term and with immediate effect.”

However, she retains her position on the board of directors and has resisted calls to step down.

After the meeting, she told the San Francisco Chronicle that the No Confidence Resolution ‘distracts from priority matters’.

The San Francisco School Board has voted to strip Vice President Alison Collins of her leadership title after recently uncovered the anti-Asian tweets she wrote in 2016

The San Francisco School Board has voted to strip Vice President Alison Collins of her leadership title after recently uncovered the anti-Asian tweets she wrote in 2016

Collins has come under fire for a series of tweets she posted on December 4, 2016, in which she referred to Asian Americans as ‘house n *** ers’ and said they used ‘white supremacist thinking’ to move forward.

“Where are the boisterous Asians speaking against Trump?” Collins asked in her Twitter thread.

Don’t Asian Americans know they’re on his list too? Do they think they will not be deported? profiled? beaten? Being a house n **** r is still being a **** r. You are still considered ‘the help’.

The resolution stated that Collin’s tweets “perpetuate crude and harmful stereotypes and leave no room for nuance or possible misunderstanding.”

Five board members voted to pass the No Confidence Resolution, while only Collins himself and one other member voted to block it.

The Thursday night ‘special meeting’ took place 48 hours after hundreds of students and parents in San Francisco schools called at a Zoom Board meeting to blow Collins about her ‘disgusting’ tweets.

Collins – who identifies as black – stated at that meeting, “ I would like to re-emphasize my sincere and sincere apologies and I am currently talking to my colleagues and working with the community for the good of all children in our ward, especially black children who often stay behind ‘.

She didn’t specifically mention Asian-American students and parents she offended with her tweets.

Pictured are some of the controversial tweets Collins wrote in December 2016

Pictured are some of the controversial tweets Collins wrote in December 2016

Pictured are some of the controversial tweets Collins wrote in December 2016

The Thursday night 'special meeting' was held just 48 hours after hundreds of students and parents in schools in San Francisco called at a Zoom Board meeting to blow Collins about her 'disgusting' tweets.  Collins is pictured in the middle row on the far right during a Tuesday night school board Zoom call

The Thursday night 'special meeting' was held just 48 hours after hundreds of students and parents in schools in San Francisco called at a Zoom Board meeting to blow Collins about her 'disgusting' tweets.  Collins is pictured in the middle row on the far right during a Tuesday night school board Zoom call

The Thursday night ‘special meeting’ was held just 48 hours after hundreds of students and parents in schools in San Francisco called at a Zoom Board meeting to blow Collins about her ‘disgusting’ tweets. Collins is pictured in the middle row on the far right during a Tuesday night school board Zoom call

Meanwhile, school board commissioners Faauuga Moliga and Jenny Lam both called on Collins to resign – which she didn’t.

“I’m not alone in saying I don’t have faith in Collins’ ability to fairly run a school district that’s nearly half AAPI with no bias,” Lam said.

Moliga and Lam led the No Confidence Resolution against Collins on Thursday evening.

Collins wrote a post on Medium this weekend, claiming her 2016 tweets were taken out of context.

Shortly before writing the tweets, Collins claimed that her daughter had witnessed Asian American students in her high school bully a Latino student.

It was a time of processing, of fear among many communities with the unknown how the next four years would turn out, ”Collins wrote.

The surfacing of her tweets comes amid an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country.

The tweets were spotlighted just days after eight people, including six Asian women, were shot dead in Atlanta, Georgia.

Collins is depicted in her official San Francisco School Board headshot

Collins is depicted in her official San Francisco School Board headshot

Collins is depicted in her official San Francisco School Board headshot

Faauuga Moliga and Jenny Lam led the No Confidence Resolution against Collins on Thursday evening.  Moliga is pictured

Faauuga Moliga and Jenny Lam led the No Confidence Resolution against Collins on Thursday evening.  Moliga is pictured

Jenny Lam is pictured

Jenny Lam is pictured

Faauuga Moliga and Jenny Lam led the No Confidence Resolution against Collins on Thursday evening

Collins wrote a post on Medium this weekend, claiming her 2016 tweets were taken out of context.

Shortly before writing the tweets, Collins claimed that her daughter had witnessed Asian American students in her high school bully a Latino student.

It was a time of processing, of fear among many communities with the unknown how the next four years would turn out, ”Collins wrote.

The surfacing of her tweets comes amid an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country.

The tweets were spotlighted just days after eight people, including six Asian women, were shot dead in Atlanta, Georgia.

Collins wrote a post on Medium this weekend, claiming her 2016 tweets were taken out of context

Collins wrote a post on Medium this weekend, claiming her 2016 tweets were taken out of context

Collins wrote a post on Medium this weekend, claiming her 2016 tweets were taken out of context

Meanwhile, the San Francisco school board recently slammed it because it voted to rename 44 of the city’s schools that reportedly had insensitive names.

The person responsible for the renaming admitted to researching the topic on Wikipedia and not consulting historians.

In January, the board voted 6-1 to strip the schools of their current name for honoring “racist” figures in American history. Schools named after politicians, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, will be renamed in the coming months.

Meanwhile, a gay white father of a bi-racial child was denied a seat on the San Francisco Board of Education’s voluntary parenting committee in February because his race doesn’t bring enough diversity to the group.

And the district of 52,000 students has had a bitter dispute with unions over the reopening of the schools, which have closed since the height of the coronavirus. Some schools will open April 12, but it is not clear how many.

Digging up her tweets comes amid an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country

Digging up her tweets comes amid an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country

Digging up her tweets comes amid an increase in hate crimes against Asian Americans across the country