A North Carolina city council member was removed from his position this week after allegedly refusing to properly refer to a black woman with her doctoral title during an official meeting.
Tony Collins, now a former member of the Greensboro City Council’s Zoning Commission, was unanimously voted off the city council vote for his treatment of Dr. Carrie Rosario, a public health professor at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, according to the Greensboro News and Record.
Dr. Carrie Rosario, a public health professor at UNCG had to check Tom Collins on his disrespect! He has been removed from the zoning commission of Greensboro!
This is the shame we have to carry. They have so much privilege to the point that they think we’re no due respect pic.twitter.com/ro2m2OpEyp
— I’m different different (@BradMase) April 23, 2021
After repeatedly asking Collins to refer to her as Dr. Rosario, the video reveals him stating, “It doesn’t really matter.”
“It matters to me,” Rosario answered. “And out of respect, I would like you to call me by the name that I’m asking you to call me by.”
The Greensboro News and Record reported that after a 30-minute discussion concerning the matter, Councilwoman Councilwoman Sharon Hightower made a motion to remove him from the Zoning Commission.
The vote was unanimous. Collins, also a partner in a local contracting business, has not commented on the matter.
“I cannot judge what is in Mr. Collins’ heart, nor would I presume to, but I will say that racism as a system devalues and dismisses Black women — and Mr. Collins’ actions were evidence of the microaggressions that we face on a regular basis just trying to go about our daily lives,” Rosario told the Charlotte Observer, who reached out to her for comments.