Can You Speak Asian?

, , , , , | Learning | September 28, 2018

(This takes place in Spanish class. We are talking about how there are different dialects for different people, and how a lot of families in America speak more than one language because of how diverse we are. There just so happens to be an Asian student in our class. The teacher looks right at the student before saying this.)

Teacher: “[Student], what other languages does your family speak?”

(Everyone in class turns to look at the student awkwardly.)

Student: “Um, English?”

(I don’t know if the teacher realized the awkward tension or that she was being racist, but she quickly moved on with an, “Oh, just asking.” The student was embarrassed for the rest of class and the teacher did everything to avoid being near them.)

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