San Francisco VP School Board Impeached for 2016 Racist Tweet Sues District; colleagues for $ 87MILLION
Alison Collins, vice president of the San Francisco School Board, has filed a lawsuit seeking $ 87 million in damages after her colleagues voted to strip her of her leadership title over anti-Asian tweets she wrote in 2016.
The board voted 5-2 last Thursday to pass a ‘No Confidence Resolution’ against Collins after digging up her racist tweets. They also voted to remove her from everyone commissions ‘for the duration of her term and with immediate effect’.
Collins has refused to resign from the board and filed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday to seek $ 72 million in general damages from the school district. She is also demanding an additional $ 3 million in punitive damages from each of the five board members who voted to pass a No Confidence resolution against her.
Collins held a press conference on Wednesday and claimed the school district and its members Violated her rights to the First Amendment by voting, remove her from the VP post about the tweets – which were written before she joined the board.
On December 4, 2016, Collins posted a series of tweets referring to Asian Americans as ‘house n *** ers’ and saying they were using ‘white supremacist thinking’ to move forward.
At her press conference, Collins – who is black – claimed that she was not a racist and has spent her life trying to eradicate prejudice.
“ So much of who I am and how I am in this world has been lost by this targeted smear campaign to label me as a racist in order to slow the end of the equality I have engaged in over the years, ” she said a small group of supporters gathered to cheer her on.
Alison Collins, vice president of the San Francisco School Board, has filed a lawsuit to seek $ 87 million in damages after her colleagues voted to strip her of her leadership title over anti-Asian tweets she wrote in 2016
Pictured are some of the controversial tweets Collins wrote in December 2016
Collins wrote the tweets the month after Donald Trump won the 2016 election.
She claims her tweets were motivated by the fact that her daughter had witnessed Asian American students in her high school bully a Latino student.
“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 tweets were recently discovered amid a wave of Asian-American hate crimes and sparked fierce backlash.
Collins apologized but refused to resign her position, despite being blasted by both parents and students.
At the end of last month, hundreds of people called at a school board meeting to express their anger over Collins’ tweets.
More than 35 percent of students in San Francisco public schools are Asian.
“I was disgusted and hurt by your rhetoric,” an Asian college student told Collins over the phone.
Another San Francisco resident said, “Regardless of whether you choose to do the right thing and quit your job or not, you are paying the ultimate price and that is the loss of your dignity and your reputation. For the rest of your life you will be haunted by your actions, wherever you go, people will see you for what you really are: a racist ‘.
Collins apologized but refused to resign her position despite being blasted by both parents and students
At the end of last month, hundreds of people called at a school board meeting to express their anger over Collins’ tweets. Collins is depicted in the middle row on the far right during the school board’s Zoom call
Less than a week later, the school board voted to pass the No Confidence Resolution against Collins 5-2.
The resolution stated that Collin’s tweets “perpetuate crude and harmful stereotypes and leave no room for nuances or possible misunderstandings.”
School board commissioners Faauuga Moliga and Jenny Lam both called for 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. They are now being charged with $ 3 million each.
Collins is depicted in her official San Francisco School Board headshot
Faauuga Moliga and Jenny Lam led the No Confidence Resolution against Collins at a rally last week. They are now being charged with $ 3 million each
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