Date of Award

Fall 12-31-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

D’Weston Haywood

Second Advisor

Richard Belsky

Third Advisor

Karen Kern

Academic Program Adviser

Karen Kern


This paper examines the racial wedge driven by Whites between Blacks and Asian Americans during the Cold War on to the present. Model minorities is a term coined by whites in the 1960s to suppress Civil Rights protests and Black demands. By elevating a minority group through success stories, whites constructed a means to suppress Black people’s organizing for change against systemic racism and oppression.



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