By Ronald Fernandez
“This ebook is either strong and critical. robust for the testimony it offers from americans of many various (and even combined races) approximately their reviews. and demanding simply because there's a racial revolution underway that may upend race as we all know it through the twenty-first century.”—John Kenneth White, Catholic college of AmericaAmerica past Black and White is a decision for a brand new approach of imagining race in the US. For the 1st time in U.S. background, the black-white dichotomy that has traditionally outlined race and ethnicity is being challenged, no longer by means of a small minority, yet through the fastest-growing and arguably so much vocal phase of the more and more diversified American population—Mexicans, chinese language, jap, Koreans, Indians, Arabs, and lots of more—who are breaking down and recreating the very definitions of race.Drawing on interviews with thousands of american citizens who don’t healthy traditional black/white different types, the writer invitations us to empathize with those “doubles” and to appreciate why they might signify our greatest probability to throw off the strictures of the black/white dichotomy.The revolution is already underway, as novices and mixed-race “fusions” refuse to have interaction within the triumphing Anglo- Protestant tradition. american citizens face offerings: comprehend why those members imagine as they do, or face a destiny that maintains to outline us through what divides us instead of via what unites us.
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Yet white people run the United States. It is a puzzle with a solution. On the one hand, whiteness is one of the most positive and powerful ideas in America. Yet most whites rarely think about—or ask others to think about—the beliefs, values, and privileges associated with the word. The color is instead “an invisible knapsack”22 of cultural content; arbitrarily acquired at birth, it is worn by whites from the cradle to the grave. We unthinkingly dip into the bag when we need to de‹ne a situation, and we rarely challenge the culture, even when it offers contradictory and ridiculous information.
Common sense” prejudices still dominate in part because, in 2006, many Arab Americans still clamor for a separate minority status; to American eyes, they are neither white nor black. Instead, they are “invisible,” and many of them resent it. Meanwhile, many of the rest of us try to be color-blind even as we simultaneously use the white/black dichotomy to box out millions of recent immigrants from non-European nations. The white/black dichotomy was and is the crucial axis on which old-stock Americans base their negative judgments of ‹fty million none-of-the-above immigrants and seven million fusions.
Yet the apartheid system cut six million blacks down to the exact same level. Neither social class, gender, age, education, religion, nor any other variable mattered when the conductor played the white trump card. Cable wanted to know why. What produced this world of “ignominious distinctions”? ” While savages always had trouble when they confronted civilized people, their interactions in the New World produced unique problems. Southerners manfully represented “a superb race of masters”; ‹rst in the colonies and then in the United States, the best met the worst, with no one giving forethought to the consequences of sustained contact between the polar opposites on the evolutionary tree.