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Sacramento teacher asks racist questions in biology test

Sacramento teacher asks racist questions in biology test

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Teacher Alex Nguyen at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California, is under fire for including what is known as inappropriate and racist Questions about a final exam in biology taken last month.

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Accordingly The Sacramento BeeSeveral students in the class were identified in the test by their first and last names. Nguyen decided to describe the students based on their ethnicity and appearance. He then divided them into pairs and asked questions about what characteristics a possible child of these two students might have.

One of the most shocking questions in the test concerned the influence of black “traits” on other races.

“For some reason, African-American culture has influenced most of the student body. How? African-Americans have a gene for pimping that is dominant,” the question began. “What is the result if you cross (student name) a homozygous dominant Latina with a homozygous recessive Hmong like (student name)?”

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The question stated that the dominant trait was walking with a limp and the recessive trait was normal. Nguyen also made fun of another student, using his full name in the question: “In high school, there are people who squint like (name of classmate) and (name of previously mentioned student), which is a dominant trait.

“We call these individuals ‘spinners.’ So if you were to cross two spinners (the two students mentioned) who are heterozygous for strabismus, what would the offspring be?”

Ten minutes after the final exam began, Principal Jim Peterson went into Nguyen’s classroom to pick up the test. After Peterson left, Nguyen continued the exam, but displayed the questions on a projector and asked the class to write their answers on their own pieces of paper. District spokesman Al Goldberg said that the investigation The investigation into Nguyen’s conduct is still ongoing.

Goldberg also stated that there were “challenges in the grading process” due to the cancellation of the exam and that school district staff “will evaluate the exams of the students tested and our academic department will contact students whose final grades were impacted.”

Nguyen has been placed on leave and his conduct is under investigation.