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Affirmative Action Isn’t Reverse Jim Crow: Asian Americans and the Reconstruction of White Entitlement

September 30, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This presentation by Iyko Day, Associate Professor of English and Social Thought (Mount Holyoke College), explores the way the rhetoric of Black victimization has been exploited to bolster the perception that Asian American college applicants are oppressed by affirmative action admissions policy.  Several prominent organizations have argued that race-conscious admissions policy discriminates against Asian American applicants and thus violates the Equal Protections Clause of the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Arguing that this renders Asians the “new Blacks,” they have filed lawsuits against the use of race or ethnicity in admissions decisions. This talk responds to these characterizations by exploring the way the figure of the Asian American student has been recruited to expand the property interests and entitlements of whiteness since the 1970s. Professor Day will also examine anti-Black constructions of Asian American success that function to discredit the demands for racial reparations.

This is event #2 of “Anti-Blackness and Alliance: A Series on Asian-Black Race Relations.”




Co-hosted by the Carolina Asia Center and co-sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, the Center for the Study of the American South, the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic and Community Engagement, and the Office of the Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences and Global Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.


September 30, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm