Using Asian American history to undermine Black voices illegitimately compares all minority experiences and ignores the intergenerational impact of history.
The model minority myth not only upholds racist ideology, but also homogenizes the diverse experiences of Asian Americans.
For centuries, the model minority myth has been used as a wedge to divide people of color, and unfortunately, this narrative is one too many Asian Americans subscribe to.
Since then, we’ve become the model minority.
Recognizing the dangers of the model minority myth doesn’t undermine the hard work that immigrant families have undoubtedly had to put in; it merely points out that systemic discrimination continues to negatively affect minority communities.