The Good Men Project: Why Labeling Asian Americans as the Model Minority Is an Insult To Blacks

The Good Men Project, October 21, 2020, Why Labeling Asian Americans as the Model Minority Is an Insult To Blacks

Asian Americans are pinned to be the ‘model minority’ group or the minority group that best assimilated and integrated into American society the best. This level of successful integration is used as a benchmark to compare all other minority groups in America, which is extremely detrimental. The author makes it clear to establish the ‘model minority’ group is a horrible dismissal of the structural racism that harm people of color.

When anti-communism sentiment was strong during the 1960s — 1980s, Asians that were fleeing Southeast Asia from communist regimes were welcomed quickly into the States. It was only in 1965 that the American government finally passed the “Immigration and Nationality Act” which lifted the active exclusion of Asian immigrants.

White Americans saw an opportunity in allying with anti-communist Asians. With the rise of Communist China & the ongoing Cold War with the Soviet Union, Americans needed allies in the Pacific to counter the threat. Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan emerged as key US allies in deterring the communist threat and the American government sought to paint these countries in a more positive light. In other words, it was politically convenient to be more accepting of Asians.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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