White People | Official Full Documentary | MTV

What does it mean to be white? MTV’s ‘White People’ is a groundbreaking documentary on race that aims to answer that question from the viewpoint of young white people living in America today. The film follows Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker, Jose Antonio Vargas, as he travels across the country to get this complicated conversation started. ‘White People’ asks what’s fair when it comes to affirmative action, if colorblindness is a good thing, what privilege really means, and what it’s like to become the “white minority” in your neighborhood. For more information on ‘White People,’ and to join the conversation, head to race.lookdifferent.org

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To understand Mixed American Live it helps to understand what it means to be White.




Black People Created White People

By Abagond

Mitochondrial Helena (c. 18,000 BC) lived in south-western France at the height of the Ice Age. As the ice started melting about 15,000 years ago, her descendants moved north into empty land. They now account for 47% of all Europeans.
In terms of mitochondrial DNA, she is the common ancestor of haplogroup H, one of the main branches of Mitochondrial Eve’s family tree. Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes gave her the name Helena (H for Helena) in his book “The Seven Daughters of Eve” (2001).

Among her descendants
 are Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, Queen Victoria, Nicholas Copernicus, Saint Luke, Susan Sarandon and maybe half the White people in the world – along with a good number of North Africans and South West Asians as well.

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Source: abagond.wordpress.com

Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

Surely any person going to work outside their country is an expatriate? But no, the word exclusively applies to white people

Source: www.theguardian.com


Y’all, this is the first I’ve heard of the word ‘expat / expatriate’ being applied to only White people.


Would you say this is true?


PS – Thank you to anonymous for sharing this article 😉


Black and Blue and Blond

Byron Kim, Synecdoche, 1991. Oil and wax on luan, birch plywood, and plywood, 120 1/4’’ x 350 1/4’’ (© Byron Kim. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art/Richard S. Zeisler Fund)

Where does race fit in the construction of modern identity?

By Thomas Chatterton Williams

The first time I lived in France, some twelve years ago to teach English in a depressed and depressing industrial town along the northern border with Belgium, I often went to kebab shops late at night in which I would sometimes be greeted in Arabic. Once the young Algerian behind the counter simply demanded of me, “Parle arabe! Parle arabe!” and all I could do was stare at him blankly. “But why did your parents not teach you to speak Arabic!” he implored me, first in a French I hardly followed and then in an exasperated and broken English.

“Because I’m American,” I finally replied.

“Yes, but even in America,” he pressed on, “why did they not teach you your language?”

“Because I’m not an Arab,” I laughed uncomprehendingly, and for several beats he just looked at me.

“But your origins, what are your origins?”

“Black,” I shrugged, and I can still see the look of supreme disbelief unspool on that man’s face. “But you are not black,” he nearly screamed. “Michael Jordan is black!

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Source: www.vqronline.org

Worth every minute of the 25 minutes to read.

The Invisible Line Between Black and White

Vanderbilt professor Daniel Sharfstein discusses the history of the imprecise definition of race in America

See on www.smithsonianmag.com

The Third Enlargement of American Whiteness

See on Scoop.itMixed American Life

The Third Enlargement of American Whiteness (1930-1980) was when the Jews, Italians and others from southern and eastern Europe became White Americans, when they melted into the melting pot. Nell I…

See on abagond.wordpress.com

Results from the 2010 Census Race and Hispanic Origin Alternative Questionnaire Experiment

See on Scoop.itMixed American Life

Three 2010 trial census forms:

* Detailed

* Streamlined

* Very Streamlined

Community Village‘s insight:

I wish the races where in alphabetical order so American Indian would be on top followed by Asian and Black; and White would be at the bottom.

Cracks me up that Spanish origin people are not steared toward the White box.

I love that all groups are prompted to write in their ethnic heritage.

I love the new ‘Asian Indian’ check box.

I like all of these proposals better than the 2010 census that I filled out.

See on www.mixedracestudies.org

White people – Wikipedia

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“White people, rather than being a straightforward description of skin color, is a term denoting a specific set of ethnic groups and functions as a color metaphor for race.[citation needed]


The definition of “white person” differs according to geographical and historical context. Various social constructions of whiteness have had implications in terms of national identity, consanguinity, public policy, religion, population statistics, racial segregation, affirmative action, eugenics, racial marginalization and racial quotas. The concept has been applied with varying degrees of formality and internal consistency in disciplines including sociology, politics, genetics, biology, medicine, biomedicine, language, culture and law”
See on en.wikipedia.org