Skyy Fisher recall, Compton Unified School District, California (2012)
Reasons for recall
The Compton chapter of the NAACP initiated the recall effort. The catalyst for recall was a profanity-laced Internet podcast in which Fisher referred to the district superintendent, who had refused to give Fisher a district car, with insulting names. Fisher also used a gay slur to describe slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Fisher, who wore a hoodie to a school board meeting in apparent solidarity with Martin, disclosed that he had worn the hoodie as a publicity stunt. Fisher also ridiculed a father who alleged that his daughter had been raped. After the podcast was discovered in May, Fisher took a 60-day leave of absence.
Path to the ballot
Recall organizers needed to collect 10,000 signatures by October 7. As of October 29, it appeared that signatures had not been submitted, and that the recall effort had ended.
- Los Angeles Times, "Compton NAACP moves to recall school board member," August 13, 2012
- Los Angeles Times, "Skyy Fisher Will Not Be Fired From Compton School Board for Offensive Comments; He'll Have to Be Recalled by Voters," May 4, 2012
- Long Beach Post, "Local NAACP Chapter Attempts to Recall Compton School Board Member; Rally to Be Held Today," August 14, 2012