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Rejecting the Model Minority Tag

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 7, 2008

A. R. Sakaeda blogs at the Chicago Tribune News Blogs

When people talk about the model minority, “model” is code for never making other people feel uncomfortable about racism. “Model” means not being like all those other troublesome people of color. It means keeping your mouth shut and your eyes lowered. It means smiling brightly and nodding along. Yes, sir! Whatever you say, sir! It means never complaining.

Members of the model minority often are used to shame other people of color. They can do it, why can’t you? If you would only have those same close-knit families. If you only valued education more. If you only worked harder. Racism is a thing of the past.

Holding up Asian Americans as a model divides communities of color, making it difficult for us to see our commonalities.

[Hat Tip: angry asian man]

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One Response to “Rejecting the Model Minority Tag”

  1. m.dot said

    Model Minority is a GREAT tag.

    It has served me well.***Covers mouth like Celie and laughs subversively.

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