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Copyright (c) 2009 Temple University of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review

ARTICLE: REVIEW ESSAY: ASIAN AMERICANS, CRITICAL RACE THEORY, AND THE END OF THE MODEL MINORITY MYTH

Fall, 2009

Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review

19 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 149

Author

Harvey Gee*

Excerpt

Introduction
 
Race issues are rarely spoken about in everyday conversation. In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, United States Attorney General Eric Holder spoke about the need for Americans to have an honest conversation about race. 1 Holder said, "[t]hough this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and I believe continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards." 2 More recently, President Barack Obama addressed the nation's civil rights leaders, marking the centennial anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and told members to "make no mistake, the pain of discrimination is still felt in America." 3 President Obama stated that racial prejudice and "structural inequalities" between races continue today. 4

Holder's statements reminded me that it has been over ten years since I wrote Changing Landscapes: The Need for Asian Americans to be Included in the Affirmative Action Debate, 5 ("Changing Landscapes"), my first law review piece about Asian Americans and affirmative action. That piece was written when I was a law student at St. Mary's Law School, under the dark shadows of the Fifth Circuit's Hopwood v. Texas decision, 6 and passage of the 1996 California Civil Rights Initiative. 7 Both of these legal setbacks to racial progress occurred in states where I had lived. California was my home state and I moved to Texas to start law school in 1995. As ...
 
 
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