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THE STERN OPPORTUNITY

It Would Never be Me

By Raechel Shaw

There was a time I thought that it would never be me; could never be me. I have, after all, navigated this unfair world, unscathed by the horrors of racism. That is to say that I have never been pulled over (I rarely drive), followed while shopping (that I can recall) or called the n-word (to my face). That white lie, no pun intended, that I told myself — that it would never be me — ensured my survival.  I have flourished in white spaces (be it the prestigious K-12 or Ivy League undergraduate institutions that I attended or the large companies I have worked for), amassed white friends, and succeeded in colluding so as not to give any of them a reason to feel threatened by me.…

Lets Do Better – Recommended Reading

Many of us find it difficult to act or speak out, out of fear of doing or saying something ignorant. But all action, including inaction, can lead to unintended consequences. To bridge the gap between the two, we’ve collected a baker’s dozen of recommended reads from various genres to help us all understand the current state of affairs and be more informed allies and citizens of the world. Thank you to all of those who provided recommendations and for the conversations that came about through making this list. Many of these books are available as e-books through NYU libraries website, however we highly recommend buying these books to support these incredible authors. …

The Model Minority Myth: The Silence it Breeds, The Privilege it Enables, and its Impact on Social Activism

by Hugh and Douglas Mo

Over the last week or so, we have all been outraged, saddened, and dismayed. The unconscionable deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and the countless others at the hands of police brutality have prompted us to reflect on our own experiences as Asian Americans. We have a moral obligation to speak up and stand in solidarity with the Black community. We realized that to become better allies, we have to first examine our unwitting internalization of the model minority myth. As Asian Americans, we have both benefited from the model minority myth, a pernicious trope that we expound below.…

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