This article kinda scared the shit out of me. I’ve been hearing so much lately about Asian-Americans becoming white that I thought this was another nail in the coffin. Fortunately, the author is biracial and capable of holding complex and conflicting ideas simultaneously. For a non biracial take on it, read here.
The cost of becoming white is hard to measure. It is ethical rather than material. By passively accepting the privileges of whiteness, Asian-Americans become complicit in America’s present system of hierarchy, a system in which the nation’s institutions inflict ongoing injustices on a racial underclass. Highly paid Asian-American Google employees do not bear more responsibility to combat racial injustice than similarly positioned white people, but they don’t bear less either. Silence and inaction on the part of those receiving privilege only makes it harder for those who are not so lucky to change the status quo.