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Asian Americans are invisible even to the Washington Post

The Washington Post ran an interesting story today about the lack of minority representation on the floor of the Republican National Convention.

It made some important observations and raised some thought-provoking questions. but I found myself irritated at the article, because it was all about black and white.

Why are Asian Americans excluded from discussions about race in the United States?

I’ve seen some Asian faces at the RNC on the TV, though I assume there are more Asians in the Democratic Party. The story didn’t mention anything about AAPIs.

The race dialogue in the mainstream media always focuses on the black-white dynamic, with (sometimes) some remarks about Hispanics. At least on NPR last night when the minority issue was brought up, the reporter included a reference to Asian Americans.

Reporters and Editors in the mainstream media need to be broader and more inclusive when they address race issues.