Stop the presses! San Francisco recalls 3 school board members? If residents of California and San Francisco take the recall step what’s possible in other areas? If you haven’t see this story give it a read. Published in The American Conservative and written by John Hirschauer.
In deeper-than-deep-blue San Francisco, three uber-progressive members of the School Board are on the way out.
More than 70 percent of voters supported the recall of San Francisco School Board President Gabriela Lopez and members Faauuga Moliga and Allison Collins on Wednesday. As San Francisco’s public-school students endured months of remote learning and other Covid-related restrictions, Board members devoted their focus not to returning to in-person learning but re-naming unfashionable schools. In 2020, the Board proposed renaming 44 district schools previously named after American figures like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson.
“Principals are devoting resources to this,” Jonathan Alloy, the parent of a child at one of the 44 schools, told the San Francisco Chronicle at the time. “We’re not actually helping disadvantaged children by changing the name of the school they can’t attend.”
Of the three recalled candidates, none received a higher proportion of the vote (79 percent) than Allison Collins. In 2016, Collins had tweeted that Asian-American teachers, students, and parents “believe they benefit from the ‘model minority’ BS,” and “use white supremacist thinking to assimilate and get ahead.” In a separate tweet, she added:
“Do [Asians] 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.’”
It would perhaps be one thing if Collins had apologized or otherwise recanted the substance of her tweets, but instead, when confronted, said she had “been taken out of context, both of that specific moment [when she sent the tweet] and the nuance of the conversation that took place.” What “context” would have made her remarks acceptable, exactly?
In any case, the fact that three progressive officials were recalled in San Francisco—with 70-plus percent of the vote, no less—suggests that even left-wing parents are unwilling to put up with progressive race-politics when their children are involved. It turns out that accusing minority parents of adopting “white supremacist thinking” for encouraging their children to “assimilate and get ahead” is not only immoral but, praise God, unpopular.