- Jul 2, 2003
Five powerhouses came together on May 5 to discuss, dissect and define what it means to be American and how white supremacy led to the marginalized history of Black and Asian American people. Hosted by Define American and featuring MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid, New York Times investigative journalist...
Hosted by Define American and featuring MSNBC’s Joy-Ann Reid, New York Times investigative journalist and creator of the 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones, “Crazy Rich Asians” and “In the Heights” director Jon M. Chu, fashion designer and activist Prabal Gurung, and The Black List founder Franklin Leonard, the panelists offered groundbreaking dialogue on the current COVID-19 social climate and how it’s an important time to stand up for each other.
Keeping your head down gets you erased, she said.
White Supremacy and Tools of Oppression
Jones turned to history and how most Asian Americans immigrated after the end of the Civil Rights movement.
“Despite having no enduring legacy of legalized racial discrimination, [they are] yet often used against Black people as [the] model minority,” she said.
The model minority myth is a tool of white supremacy and comes in opposition to the Civil Rights Movement, she continued.
The immigrant experience is the same, as “Anti-Blackness is part of your Americanization process and if you want to succeed in this country, you certainly are not going to align yourself to those that are on the bottom — you are going to align yourself with those that are on the top.”
The concept of acceptance and “making it” in a white supremacist structure is that it’s “always temporary and conditional” and “only if you are useful to them.”