The coronavirus pandemic has shown us that the “protective” model minority label does not serve us in times of uncertainty.
Often labeled the “model minority,” a concept based in eugenics and white supremacy, Asian Americans have collectively distanced ourselves from black and other marginalized communities in an attempt to protect our own security and belonging.
As the stories of Ahmaud Arbery and Sean Reed were making national news a few weeks ago, I participated in Define American’s Black + Gold Forum to discuss black and Asian relations.
For many Asian Americans living in this country, our ancestors and parents worked hard and sacrificed so we could have better opportunities.
Beyond simple divestment and rejection of our own trope, we must also actively combat anti-blackness — especially within the Asian community.