White men fighting with
white men about things they don’t
understand or live
Though I give Jon Stewart props for challenging Bill O’Reilly to acknowledge white privilege on his show, this video is hard to watch because O’Reilly doesn’t care, and because Stewart doesn’t know anything about Asian Americans and the model minority myth. When O’Reilly says, “If there’s white privilege than there has to be Asian privilege…” and goes on to state what he calls facts about how Asians make more money and have higher degrees than white people. But that is not true, because the statistics that look at medium household income do not consider how many people in that household are working to contribute to the household income, which for many Asian households is higher than white households. This statement about Asian’s success also lumps together a very large group of people from various countries, of different citizenships statuses and economic backgrounds. And though there are Asians who are much “better off” than many Black, Latino, Indigenous (even white) folks, this should not be misconstrued to mean that Asians do not face racism. There are different kinds of racism, they are specific to each group, but they are all connected and rooted in the same system of white supremacy.
“As a hegemonic device, the model minority stereotype maintains dominance of white in the racial hierarchy by diverting attention away from racial inequity and by setting standards for how minorities should behave,” (Lee, 1996, p. 6).