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#251: The Model Minority Myth Hurts Us All

For the third week in a row, last week’s issue was the most popular in The Highlighter’s history, tha
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#251: The Model Minority Myth Hurts Us All
By Mark Isero • Issue #258 • View online
For the third week in a row, last week’s issue was the most popular in The Highlighter’s history, thanks to your strong readership. Thank you for opening the newsletter every week and trusting me to suggest thought-provoking articles to read.
Today’s selections are definitely worth your time and attention. In this week’s lead article, author Viet Thanh Nguyen argues that the model minority myth hurts not only Asian Americans but everyone. The next two pieces — about the killing of Ahmaud Arbery and a protest in Bethel, Ohio — offer opposing perspectives of the Black Lives Matter movement. Finally, a feature on dollar stores reminds us what happens when capitalism intersects with race and poverty. My hope is that you’ll read at least one article this week and then share with me your thoughts.
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The Model Minority Myth Hurts Us All
Ahmaud Arbery Will Not Be Erased
In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Frederick Douglass’s famous speech, “What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?” read by his descendants. It’s powerful. (7 min)
In case you haven’t seen it yet, here’s Frederick Douglass’s famous speech, “What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?” read by his descendants. It’s powerful. (7 min)
You Can’t Bring This Into Our Town: How A BLM Protest In Ohio Turned Ugly
The True Cost Of Dollar Stores
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