Will Today’s Hispanics Be Tomorrow’s Whites?

The Trayvon Martin shooting was hardly in the national consciousness before fault lines emerged around the case. Was Martin as innocent as he seemed? Did Zimmerman fear for his life? Did Martin provoke the incident? Was Zimmerman a racist? Perhaps most controversial among all of these was the question of…

Community Village‘s insight:
At first I thought Jamelle Bouie was off base — conflating ethnicity with race, but he has a point. Is ‘White’ a culture or a race?
This is the first I’ve heard of the theory of Hispanic becoming White.
Steven Riley (of Mixed Race Studies) has mentioned to me that it seems ‘Asian’ may merge into the White category.
Some say that many Asian Americans out ‘white’ the Whites. So then, is White more of a culture? I would say a culture because many white’s don’t even think of themselves as a race – just human – raceless. We all certainly have our cultures but we don’t think about race so much unless forced to when filling out the census or school applications, or in academics.
-Glenn Robinson

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