Tiger Mom Amy Chua Claims Superiority Over Other Cultures

The author and her husband say Blacks lack a drive for success.

Posted: 01/15/2014 11:55 AM EST
Filed Under Book News, Racism, parenting

Author Amy Chua, nicknamed the "Tiger Mom," first made waves in 2011 when she released her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, claiming the superiority of Chinese mothers. Now she and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, are back with a new title, The Triple Package: Why Groups Rise and Fall in America. In it, they specify which cultures they believe do it right when it comes to parenting and which ones fail.

Among those cultures that they say create successful people are Indian, Nigerians, Mormons, Cuban exiles, and Jewish and Chinese, the latter two being Rubenfeld and Chua's backgrounds respectively. According to the book, having a sense of superiority drives these groups into not settling for less than what they feel they deserve while being able to delay gratification until they achieve their goals.

Blacks, on the other hand, are supposedly lacking in these traits and the couple cites that the civil rights movement actually hindered the Black community's sense of superiority.

"Superiority is the one narrative that America has relentlessly denied or ground out of its Black population," the couple writes. And yet we wonder if it's actually a sense of superiority that has driven some of our most successful Black icons like Barack and Michelle Obama and if success can even be predicted by looking at someone's race.

Critics are already denouncing Chua's and Rubenfeld's book saying their racist arguments are a weak attempt to use stereotypes to pit cultures against each other with theories.

The Triple Package will be released February 4.


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