Is Gunn High School's student culture racist?
Original post made by PA Dad, College Terrace, on May 21, 2008
Yet when asked to explain Gunn High School's higher ranking in a recent national survey, Gunn student body president Max Keeler explains the difference in terms of race.
"Gunn senior Max Keeler, student body president, said the school's culture is "self-challenging," largely due to the large Asian population at the school," reports the Weekly's Arden Pennell.
When a commenter in this forum called Keeler on the apparent racism of his remark, a pile of Gunn students wrote in to defend him. (see Web Link).
Even when your racial stereotype is positive, though, it is still a racial stereotype.
For me that begs the question: is Gunn's culture a racist as it seems?
What's the worth of graduating children who score well on their AP exams (what the new ranking measured) when they turn to reductive, offensive and just plain inane explanations for what happens in their own school?