‘China Kinda Sus’: Student Club Poster at Illinois High School Accused of Racism

‘China Kinda Sus’: Student Club Poster at Illinois High School Accused of Racism
Carl Samson
May 17, 2021
A student club poster at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Ill., that took a jab at China has reportedly sparked outrage among parents and state lawmakers.
A call for conservatives: The poster recruits students to join the school’s chapter of Turning Point USA (TPUSA), a nonprofit that aims to “identify, educate, train and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets and limited government.”
  • The poster shows a character from “Among Us,” a multiplayer, social deduction game whose goals include the identification of an “impostor.”
  • The character was overlaid with the symbol of a hammer and sickle representing the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR).
  • Below the character are the words “China Kinda Sus,” the last word being a colloquial short for “suspicious.”
  • A stamp on a circulating image of the poster says it was “Approved by the Assistant Principal (for) Student Activities.”
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Accused of racism: An unidentified Facebook user who shared the image of the poster called it “blatantly racist” and wrote that students and parents had expressed concerns to the school administration, according to the Daily Herald.
  • The poster prompted a response from Democratic state legislators, Rep. Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz and Sen. Laura Fine, who met with Glenbrook High Schools District 225 Superintendent Dr. Charles Johns to discuss the “anti-Asian material.”
  • “The clear intent was to stoke xenophobic anti-Asian (sentiment),” said Gong-Gershowitz, who is Chinese American and has a child attending the school, according to Journal & Topics.
  • Johns reportedly agreed to apologize to students and families “harmed” by the poster and vowed to update school policies on posting content within its premises.
  • A group called Stop Asian Hate GBS launched a change.org petition demanding a public apology from the school administration, as well as TPUSA, for the communities affected by the poster.
In the 2019-2020 school year, white (1,936) and Asian (557) students were the majority at Glenbrook South, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Featured Image via Daily Herald (left) and FOX 32 Chicago (right)
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