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Board President Under Fire for ‘Disparaging’ and ‘Derogatory’ Facebook Posts

November 4, 2020
 
 

Peter Sysak, president of the Cuesta College Board of Trustees, is under fire because of numerous comments he posted on his personal Facebook page about a large number of marginalized groups -- comments that one instructor described as "disparaging and so derogatory," the San Luis Obispo Tribune reported.

The posts, which have since been removed, include some suggesting that Sysak believes transgender people are mentally ill and that he supports the Proud Boys, a violent far-right group, according to the Tribune. One student responded by telling the newspaper that members of the board were "undeniably racist, homophobic, ablest [sic], anti-choice, xenophobic, misogynistic and anti-immigrant."

Some have called for Sysak’s resignation from the board of the community college in San Luis Obispo County, Calif. Others have asked that the board vote to censure his Facebook posts.

“We live in a society where homosexuals lecture us on morals, transvestites lecture us on human biology, baby killers lecture us on human rights and socialists lecture us on economics,” read one post that Sysak shared to his page. The post was originally shared by Occupy Snowflakes.

Sysak did not return the Tribune’s request for comment. He has served on the board since 2014, and his current term is up in 2022. He is Cuesta College’s former police chief and public safety director.

Nearly half of Cuesta College’s student population is white, and 33 percent are Hispanic or Latino. Black or African American students make up 2 percent of the student population, and Asian students make up 3 percent.

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