"Within the model minority rhetoric, Asian Americans are represented as “good” minorities and African Americans are represented as “bad” minorities. Here, the achievements of Asian Americans are used to discipline African Americans. As model minorities, Asian Americans achieved the status of “honorary Whites”. Again it is important to point out that the honorary whiteness of Asian Americans was granted at the expense of Blacks. It is also significant that as “honorary Whites,” Asian Americans do not have the actual privileges associated with “real” whiteness."
#Reblogging for that above.
Jennifer Lee (via wretchedoftheearth)
Three additions by tSoul:
1) The idea of what constitues a “bad” minority extends beyond just the Black body.
2) “Honorary Whiteness” is granted to Asian Americans by Whites, further instilling and promoting a Racial Hierarchy.
3) Asians who fail to be “models” are delegitimized as representatives of their identity groups by higher ups in the Racial Hierarchy. Furthermore, their non-traditional successes are viewed as failures within communities which have consumed “model minority” mythology.
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