Mayor Breed calls for S.F. school board member to resign over racist tweets directed at Asian Americans | #Education

In an unprecedented move, San Francisco’s top elected officials, including the mayor, state legislators and nearly all supervisors, called Saturday for a school board member to resign over racist tweets she posted in 2016 directed at Asian Americans.

“We are outraged and sickened by the racist, anti-Asian statements tweeted by school board Vice President Alison Collins that recently came to light,” 22 current and former elected officials said in a statement Saturday. “No matter the time, no matter the place, and no matter how long ago the tweets were written, there is no place for an elected leader in San Francisco who is creating and or/created hate statements and speeches.”

Officials, who continued to add their names throughout Saturday, thanked Collins for her service and asked her to resign from her post. Mayor London Breed and school board members Jenny Lam and Faauuga Moliga and the head of the city’s teachers union also called for her to step down.

Officials, community groups and parents have widely criticized Collins’ racist tweets, which resurfaced last week amid a surge of violence and harassment against Asian Americans in the Bay Area and across the country.

A tweet thread by SFUSD Board Vice President Alison Collins from Dec. 4, 2016

Twitter screenshot

The controversy was just the latest crisis to engulf San Francisco’s school district. It comes after the district was hit with two lawsuits in recent months — one over its slow reopening of schools and the other over a push to rename 44 schools with links to racism and oppression. The board was also criticized for a controversial decision to change the merit-based admissions system at Lowell High School. The disputes inspired a group of parents to start a recall campaign against three board members, including Collins. The recall’s backers first uncovered Collins’ tweets.

More than 24 hours after the furor erupted and after dozens of public officials asked her to step down, Collins — who declined to apologize Friday — expressed regret in an online post Saturday morning for the pain her words caused.

She did not resign and as of Saturday evening she had not deleted the posts.

Collins declined to identify her tweets as racist and repeatedly insisted they were taken out of context.

“A number of tweets and social media posts I made in 2016 have recently been highlighted. They have been taken out of context, both of that specific moment and the nuance of the conversation that took place,” she said in a statement. “… I acknowledge that right now, in this moment my words taken out of context can be causing more pain for those who are already suffering. For the pain my words may have caused I am sorry, and I apologize unreservedly.”

Breed, who also called for Collins’ resignation, does not consider Collins’ Saturday statement an apology for her social media posts, spokesman Jeff Cretan said.

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