Former San Francisco school board VP files lawsuit following backlash for racist tweets

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – The former vice president of the San Francisco School Board, Alison Collins, is now suing the school district, several school board members and county of San Francisco after she was removed from her positions last week.

The controversy started from tweets she made in 2016.

Today, her supporters held a rally demanding that Collins be reinstated back into her previous roles.

Those that attended were parents, students, members of the Asian American Pacific Islander Community and the NAACP were there.

However, the biggest shock today was the announcement that Collins is suing the district and her fellow board members for $27 million.

It all stems from tweets Collins made in 2016 using racial slurs when writing about an anti-Black experience her daughters faced in the school district that year.

This opportunistic misrepresentation of the only Black woman on the board of education about tweets she made as a parent in 2016 after Trump was elected when racism was on the rise and hate and white supremacy was being fueled toward all ethnic groups.

“We’ve been saying the same things that Alison Collins has been calling out. It’s not different. The fact that she’s pointing these things out, that doesn’t make her a racist.”

Some of those tweets from 2016 start out by saying quote “I’m looking to combat anti-Black racism in the Asian American community at my daughter’s mostly Asian American school.”

She then said, “Many Asian Americans believe they benefit from the ‘model minority’ Do they think they won’t be deported? profiled? beaten? being a house n****r is still being a n****r. you’re still considered the help.”

Collins again defended her words on Wednesday saying she was speaking a truth and the slurs themselves were taken out of context.

“I invite you to join me in making this moment count to not let me or anyone else be swept under the rug, canceled or dismissed for speaking truth to power,” Collins said.

Her attorney later, Charles Bonner, followed up by announcing a lawsuit against the school district and school board alleging that Collins was stripped of her vice president position and membership on all committees in violation of her first amendment rights.

“In 7 days we want the school board and demand school board to have special meeting to restore Alison her seat. Secondly in second days we want them to issue a written apology that they misunderstood her words, that her words were not racist.”

Many local leaders are reacting to the lawsuit as well.

Supervisor Hillary Ronen tweeted “As most public officials are trying to figure out how to reopen schools and fill SFUSD’s $100 million deficit, commissioner Alison Collins is suing the district for $27 million. This is ridiculous. Alison just get out of the way!”

Senator Scott Weiner also tweeted, “After years in politics, I thought I’d seen every inappropriate & self-absorbed thing a politician can do. I was wrong. If Allison Collins even vaguely cares about educating San Francisco’s kids, she’ll stop suing the school district & her colleagues.”

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