The Model Minority myth is an albatross, a cursed blueprint tantalizing Asian-Americans with the promise of whiteness, or a way out of their racialized status. It has allowed much discussion of the plight of Asian-Americans to be confined to Hollywood discourse and led mostly by cis men, seeking to eliminate the gap in privilege between themselves and white men while maintaining patriarchy and heteronormativity in their own communities.
Asian Americans, as a whole, seem to take on social justice issues in a way that excises the causes of Black and Indigenous people. This may seem like hyperbole, but the accusations of anti-Blackness in Asian communities have become increasingly common as Asian cishet men take on the mantle of social justice to litigate the status of their masculinity in society, equating it to other social justice causes and eluding the effects of patriarchal oppression on women in Asian communities.
Since these policies and development programs have focused on building wealth and advancing white communities, whether by explicit intent or through its outcome, communities of color have dealt with catastrophic effects like having a life expectancy that is almost ten years lower than their white neighbors.
I’d never seen media coverage of the irrevocable damage the U.S. has waged on Iraq’s environment. This dearth of coverage doesn’t negate reality: by using its military to deploy chemically toxic weapons, incinerate hazardous military waste, and impose incredibly cruel sanctions, the U.S. has acted as little other than an environmental terrorist against Iraq.
We must begin to address the role played by the Global North in subjugating the nations of the Global South through historical frameworks that are dependent upon the (over)use of natural resources, impact of climate change and its political exploitation, as well as the many modes of destabilization that resulted from colonization.
While no space can guarantee complete safety, more often than not, in any place that is not specifically created by and for Black queer and trans women, we are faced with uncertainty. Because of this, Black queer and trans women have been establishing other avenues of expression, often as a form of resistance.