The concept of a “model minority” is a blatantly racist idea that asks: if Asian Americans can work hard and achieve the American Dream, why can’t other minority groups do the same?
Much of the model minority myth stems from colorism, which institutes discrimination against darker-skinned individuals due to the belief that lighter skin equates to beauty.
The model minority myth suggests that racism does not exist for us.
We must reject the model minority myth at its root.
Even as I write this now, the model minority myth consumes me, telling me not to put my brownness on display for anyone to judge or attack.