Kenny Xu, author and president of the advocacy group Color Us United, told Hill.TV that “Asian Americans showed that critical race theory cannot be true.”
In discussing differences between Asian American and Black education achievement rates in the United States, Xu said the experiences and historical disadvantages in both communities were “of similar magnitude.”
“We always try to posit the worst victim narrative that we could, and you just did for Black Americans, but I could do the same for Asian Americans,” said Xu, author of “An Inconvenient Minority: The Attack of Asian American Excellence and the Fight for Meritocracy.”
He went on to say that Asian talent and success was historically suppressed, but through the Immigration Naturalization Act of 1965 and the expansion of meritocracy, and Asian achievement was able to “skyrocket.”
“Asian success was kept and was discriminated against in this country, but we’re living in an era where that is no longer really the case,” said Xu. “And so you have to really focus on what cultural values are and how that forms the discourse. And Asian Americans prove that you really can advance and achieve the American Dream.”
Xu is head of Color Us United, a group founded in 2021 with a mission of “advocating for a race-blind America.” In blogs on the Color Us United website, Xu has advocated against observance of Juneteenth as a federal holiday and against ethnic studies curricula in California.
Xu’s remarks to Hill.TV on critical race theory come as numerous GOP-led states have taken action against critical race theory. At least 21 states this year have proposed legislation banning critical race theory in public schools.
Updated July 23, 3:56 p.m.