Fil-Am community backs Pinay teacher accused of racism

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 30, 014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – In San Bernardino, a Filipino teacher embroiled in an alleged racism controversy now has help from the Filipino community.

The Filipino Migrant Center, or FMC, and the National Alliance of Filipino Concerns, or NAFCON, has come to the aid of Bernadette Yuson.

The Cajon High School teacher has been placed on administrative leave after an African American student accused her of using a racial slur in the classroom.

Since then, Yuson has given her side of the story, saying she was only repeating a word that a disruptive student was using in the classroom.

The FMC says they are hoping to have a dialogue with school district officials and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. FMC reps said that they are saddened by the fact that Yuson was already condemned without proper and thorough investigation.

NAFCON has held meetings with the Filipino community in San Bernardino, Filipino religious leaders, and Yuson herself this past week.

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