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Although it could be plausible that the two groups can bond over shared minority experiences, the more nefarious explanation for this so-called “perfect match” is the model minority myth.

When we take the time to unpack the reactions to this match, we arrive at the deeply planted American model minority myth.

The implication behind my college counselor’s statement is rooted in the model minority myth: that Asians and Jews are somehow smarter or more “learned,” and that other minority communities (Black, Latinx, etc.)

To begin to rectify this, we must dismiss the notion that the American minority experience is monolithic.

We must stop holding up Asian and Jewish communities as examples of “success” while ignoring the systemic barriers facing other minority communities.

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