The President of the Orange County, Florida chapter of the NAACP resigned Monday under a storm of controversy.
Vanessa Toolsie announced her resignation on her Facebook page Sunday.
AGAIN: A word I will NO LONGER tolerate ANY racism against me for being a #ProudBrownWoman of #SouthAsian and #Caribbean descent. The fact that I have consistently been made to endure this hateful racism in anti-racist spaces is abhorrently shameful, and in moving forward, let it be widely known that I have #ZEROtolerance for any further anti-Brown racism against me or anyone else. More to come. #STOPAAPIhate#BROWNandPROUD
Despite her apparent anger, she is still posting on her page various messages in support of the NAACP mission she still supports.
Among her postings since her resignation is an NAACP graphic encouraging Black voters to get to the polls today for the Florida primary.
She also posted an NAACP news release in support of David Pelaez Chavez who was shot and killed during a confrontation with Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department.
WTSP reports that Toolsie read her resignation letter Monday night during a virtual chapter board meeting. One person countered her accusations calling them “false allegations against the executive committee.”
Others expressed concerns and called for action to ensure Toolsie’s experience is not repeated.
“I am concerned about this person and the charges that were made,” John Cummings, a spokesman for the group, told the Sentinel. “We don’t want to overlook or dehumanize or, in any way, cause anybody problems or concern intentionally or unintentionally.”
Toolsier took over as president just six months ago after its previous president resigned to run for a Florida representative seat.
Toolsie accused members of the board of sabotaging her and excluding her from the organization’s annual gala, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
“I have tried to resolve this internally for months, but no action to curb the harassment and racist marginalization was taken by superiors prior to my resignation announcement,” Toolsie wrote, saying it would be “hypocritical” for her to continue as president of an organization that is “against racism and oppression, while I continue to be treated with such bold disproportionate inequality, maliciously racistly oppressed.”
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