Philly District Badly Handling Violence Against Asians

By PW Staff
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G.W. Miller III writes for Metropolis that Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has tried to downplay the profiling of Asian students at South Philly High: "Ackerman is in denial about what is really happening at South Philly High. She's taking former police commissioner Sylvester Johnson's route - saying that this is society's problem, something far beyond her reach. Wei Chen, who has emerged as the leader of the Asian students at South Philly High, says that he feels safer at the school now. But that is only because he's made more African-American friends in recent weeks. They saw him on TV and approached him, apologizing for the abuses he has suffered. They have stood by his side, something that Ackerman has neglected to do for whatever reason. 'Schools should have programs for students to meet and make friends,' says Chen, a senior originally from the Fujian Province in China. 'If we know each other, we have more information and we won't fight over nothing.'" Read more about it at Metropolis.

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