A Sacramento teacher is under scrutiny after using offensive "slanty-eye" gestures in a lesson with her students.
Nicole Burkett, a Spanish teacher and faculty advisor at Grant Union High School in the California state capital, is facing an inquiry after a Zoom class where she used racist Asian stereotypes with eye slants.
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Principal of Grant Union, Darris Hinson, called the video "shocking."
"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."
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Sacramento teacher uses slant-eyes gesture to depict Asians during online class. Because racist kids grow up to be… https://t.co/3EDhOPWMpM— Angry Asian Man (@Angry Asian Man)1614469415.0
"'If your eyes go up, you’re Chinese,' Burkett said, stretching her eyes out and upwards. 'If they go down, they’re… https://t.co/vrnYpcr6BT— Nicole Chung 정수정 (@Nicole Chung 정수정)1614652820.0
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Unfortunately, as State Senator Dr. Richard Pan pointed out, Asian people are all too used to the kind of racist gestures seen in Burkett's video.
"While we can't stop individuals from expressing prejudice and hate, we can as a community say, this is not acceptable for us as a community."
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Nicole Burkett got her teaching degree by the school yard bully at the swing set. https://t.co/qfrPhYqmYM— Mikey Moo (@Mikey Moo)1614523349.0
Apologies are worthless. Fire the Racist Ugly B*tch. Nicole Burkett should not be allowed to be teacher in any scho… https://t.co/H8uQBzXaPE— Edward Robledo (@Edward Robledo)1614571058.0
@Mayor_Steinberg @SacPolice Please make sure Nicole Burkett gets fired. She needs to go. There is nothing to negotiate.— Kansan (@Kansan)1614473935.0
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Burkett is just one of many people perpetuating anti-Asian stereotypes among a rise of anti-Asian violence across the United States as a result of the ongoing pandemic and anti-Asian rhetoric shared repeatedly by the Trump administration.
No official action has been announced for Burkett's actions.