Sacramento Teacher Uses Offensive Asian-American Stereotype During Class
By Rebekah Gonzalez
March 1, 2021
A Sacramento high school teacher was caught on video using an offense way to portray Asian-Americans during a Zoom class.
"If your eyes go up, you're Chinese," Spanish teacher Nicole Burkett says in the footage while pulling her eyes. "If they go down, they're Japanese. If they're just straight, you don't know."
"The video ... does not represent the values held by Twin Rivers and the community," said spokesperson Zenobia Gerald. "An investigation was immediately launched when we were notified about the video. Please know that Twin Rivers is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil learning environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate any form of racism from any member of our school community."
The news coincides with the recent rise in hate crimes against Asians in the U.S. The rise in violence is in large part due to the racist narrative surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
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