The Asian community was unimpressed by racist tweets from Alison Collins and the effort to change a school’s admissions policy to a lottery.
People are still reeling from the stunning upset in the San Francisco recall vote that ousted three school board members.
In the case of Alison Collins, her fate may have been sealed by racist comments she made on Twitter about Asian-Americans.
Some of the strongest support for recalling SF School Board member Alison Collins was from heavily Asian areas like Sunset (87%), Chinatown (84%) and Richmond (84%).
Two likely factors: Collins' racist tweets and the Lowell HS admissions change from merit-based to lottery-based.
— Ryan Matsumoto (@ryanmatsumoto1) February 16, 2022
Back in March of 2021, the San Francisco Gate reported:
San Francisco school board member Alison Collins used slur to describe Asian Americans in tweets
The vice president of the San Francisco Board of Education once wrote a long Twitter thread accusing Asian Americans of using “white supremacist thinking to assimilate and ‘get ahead,'” and comparing them to a “house n****r” (she added the asterisks and did not spell out the word).
Alison Collins’s tweets — still not deleted as of Friday morning — were written in December 2016. They’re coming to light now as a group pushes to recall the entire school board over prolonged school closures, and also during a time when anti-Asian American rhetoric has come under closer scrutiny following a sharp rise in hate crimes.
Collins wrote that she was “looking to combat anti-black racism in the Asian community at at my daughters’ mostly Asian Am school,” because “Many Asian Ss and Ts I know won’t engage in critical race convos unless they see how they are impacted by white supremacy.”
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— Tyler (@Tyler_The_Wise) February 16, 2022
Judging by this recent tweet from Collins, she still does not understand the issue:
So when I have said in the past that SOME members of the AAPI community have aligned themselves with whiteness, it’s a historical fact, not an opinion. It’s surprising to me that some folks still find this idea so controversial. https://t.co/a8cvjiv6ko
— Alison Collins 高勵思 (@AliMCollins) February 11, 2022
People have clearly had it with the ‘woke’ BS taking priority:
San Francisco voter says he voted to recall far-left school board members because he “saw the school board prioritize renaming schools over getting kids back into school.” pic.twitter.com/R6K0dLN3Rt
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) February 16, 2022
The push to diversify Lowell High School in San Francisco by changing admissions to a lottery system also played a big role. The SFist reported back in October:
Lowell High Alums Take More Legal Action To Undo Lottery Admissions
After already suing the district over changes to Lowell’s merit-based admissions system, a group of Lowell High alumni are seeking a court injunction against attempts to diversify the prestigious high school’s student body.
It’s fair to say that some of the Recall the SF School Board animus is because of a botched school renaming effort, while some of the sentiment is because of a bizarre $87 million lawsuit recently lodged (and tossed out) from board member Allison Collins. But do not underestimate the factor of the ending of merit-based admissions at Lowell High School, a move meant to diversify the student body at Lowell, but one that also enraged many Lowell parents to the point that they sued the school board in April in hopes of reinstating the former status quo.
The left will ignore this recall at their own peril.
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