San Francisco school board member Alison Collins is facing calls for her resignation after five-year-old racist tweets surfaced. In response, she seems to be using a strategy that many on the left have adopted since 2016: Just blame Trump.
Collins’ tweets, which surfaced last week, referred to Asians as “house n*****s” and claimed that they used “white supremacist thinking” to achieve success. In a post on Medium, she issued an apology in the face of widespread criticism.
“A number of tweets and social media posts I made in 2016 have recently been highlighted,” she wrote. She continued, using former President Donald Trump to distract from her comments:
They have been taken out of context, both of that specific moment and the nuance of the conversation that took place. President Donald Trump had just won an election fueled by division, racism and an anti-immigration agenda. Meanwhile one of my daughters had recently experienced an incident in her school in which her Asian American peers were taunting her Latinx classmate about ‘sending kids back to Mexico’ and the KKK. It was a time of processing, of fear among many communities with the unknown of how the next four years would unfold.
Collins added: “And here we are today. 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 concluded by asserting that “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,” and acknowledging that “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.”
Each of the district’s top 19 administrators criticized Collins’ tweets in a letter published on Sunday.
“Although we believe it would be inappropriate for us to call for the resignation of an elected official who is part of the governing body of our district, our silence should not be interpreted as complicity or approval. We condemn Vice President Collins’ statements in the strongest possible terms,” they wrote.
Jenny Lam, a fellow school board member slammed Collins, calling her post a “non-apology” and pointed out that she did not take responsibility for her words.
Believe it or not, there are some defending Collins. Fox News reports that some of these individuals “signed on to a Medium statement denouncing the ‘opportunistic targeting of Commissioner Collins [that] distracts from the national conversation around addressing Anti-AP [Asian and Pacific Islander] and Anti-Black hate.”
In essence, these people are arguing that by calling out Collins’ racism, detractors are distracting from racism. This is how these people think, folks.
Collins’ defenders added: “Furthermore, we want to highlight and remember how API and Black communities have historically and are currently working together in solidarity with each other against white racism.”
In a previous piece, I noted how the left seems to be going after their own more often than usual. The Cancel Culture Clowns are intensifying their efforts to punish people for old remarks. As can be expected, using Trump as an excuse is not likely to be an effective defense against the woke Sanhedrin which seeks to devour all those who have transgressed against the precepts of progressive theology.
But, as I also pointed out, the societal cancer that is cancel culture cannot last forever. It is unsustainable over the long term as evidenced by the fact that overzealous cancel culture clowns are now targeting the left more aggressively. While progressives lauded those who use old comments to ruin people’s careers they failed to realize an important truth: You live by the cancel culture, you die by the cancel culture.
Now, they are realizing that this cynical political tactic can be used on them just as easily as it can be used on conservatives. As much as they would like to believe that those in their ranks are not guilty of holding bigoted views or making bigoted comments, the reality suggests something far different. At some point, something will have to give, and sensible folks on both sides aren’t going to put up with this insufferable madness forever.