- The Washington Times - Monday, March 22, 2021

A San Francisco schools official is facing calls to resign over tweets blasting Asian Americans that she said were “taken out of context.”

San Francisco Unified School District Board Vice President Alison Collins issued a series of tweets in 2016 referring to Asian Americans as “house [N-words]” and accusing them of anti-Black racism.

“I grew up in mostly Asian Am schools and know this experience all to well,” Ms. Collins wrote on Dec. 4, 2016. “Many Asian Am. believe they benefit from the ‘model minority’ BS. In fact many Asian American [teachers, students, and parents] promote these myths. They use white supremacist thinking to assimilate and ‘get ahead.’

“Where are the vocal Asians speaking up against Trump?” she asked at the time. “Don’t Asian Americans know they are on his list as well? Do they think they won’t be deported? profiled? beaten? Being a house [N-word] is still being a [N-word]. You’re still considered ‘the help.’”

The tweets remained active on Ms. Collins Twitter account as of Monday afternoon, even amid a mounting recall effort led by the Recall SF School Board group.

Ms. Collins issued a Medium post Sunday apologizing to the Asian American community for the impact of her words but explaining she was “taken out of context, both of that specific moment and the nuance of the conversation that took place.” She argued that as a Black woman she has a duty to speak out on issues that are “difficult in our very divided society,” and that the election of former President Donald Trump had inspired a wave of racist rhetoric.

“Anti-Asian racism is not new, but the recent uptick in violence and bigotry against Asian-Americans is clearly connected to Trump and his racist tropes,” she wrote. “But whether my tweets are being taken out of context or not, only one thing matters right now. And that is the pain our Asian American brothers and sisters and siblings are experiencing. Words have meaning and impact. 

“Trump showed us that clearly with his sowing of hate and pitting communities of color against one another for political gain,” she continued. “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.”

Nearly two dozen officials, including Democratic State Assembly members David Chiu and Phil Ting and San Francisco Supervisors Connie Chan and Gordon Mar issued a joint statement over the weekend demanding Ms. Collins‘ resignation, CBS SF reported.

“We are outraged and sickened by the racist, anti-Asian statements tweeted by School Board Vice President Alison Collins that recently came to light,” the statement read. “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.”

San Francisco Mayor London Breed joined in calling for Ms. Collins to step down.

“I support calls by leaders like @DavidChiu and @JennyhLam, as well as many others, for Alison Collins to resign,” the Democrat tweeted Saturday. “Our students and our API community deserve better.”

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