Orange County NAACP president resigns over alleged anti-Asian racism

President of the Orange County Chapter One of the NAACP announced her resignation in a Facebook post on Sunday, denouncing the organization for anti-Asian racism.

The organization’s first South Asian leader, Dr. Vanessa Toolsie, held the position for less than six months. She will be elected Vice President for the first time in 2021.

In a widespread Facebook post from the Orange Country chapter page, Toolsie said she notified other chapter leaders of her intention to resign weeks ago. She accused her chapter of deliberately excluding her from her annual gala and sabotaging her with her ignored emails and false information about her meetings.

Additionally, she noted that a “loud and discriminatory minority” had repeatedly attacked her legacy, both in emails and in meetings.

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The post, which was shared Sunday morning, then deleted and reposted later that night, read: Thank you to all the chapter executive committee members and chapter members who loudly and proudly tried to stand up for me again and again amid constant attacks of emails, meetings, etc. Thank you very much. ”

She concluded:But it would be hypocritical to continue to steer a chapter of the For Equality for All organization against racism and oppression. It has never been disproportionately raised to a blatant level. ”

In response to her post, Chapter Communications, Press and Publicity Chair John Cummings said: We don’t want to overlook, dehumanize, or cause problems or concerns for anyone in any way, whether intentionally or not.

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Toolsie’s last day as president will be August 31, and the chapter’s first vice president, Tiara Robinson, will take over. Toolsie said he was initially hesitant to take on a leadership role because he is not black, but he took on the role after learning of the founder’s diverse background, he said. said. She initially joined the organization as a volunteer, working on initiatives such as the Asian American and Pacific Islander Liaison Program with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the drafting of a resolution for the National NAACP Organization condemning Islamophobia. has directed

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