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“They’ve stepped on us due to jealous [sic] because of a ‘model minority’ label white people slapped on to us,” read another.

The model minority myth worked primarily as an armor of defense for white Americans against demands for racial justice by the civil rights movement.

The model minority myth thus inaccurately functioned as ‘proof’ that socioeconomic inequality was a result of laziness, not racism.

For Asian Americans, being hailed as quiet, hardworking citizens seemed favorable compared to the anti-immigrant rhetoric we still see today.

There is no model minority.

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