Who Is White?: Latinos, Asians, and the New Black/Nonblack Divide

Who Is White?: Latinos, Asians, and the New Black/Nonblack Divide

Lynne Rienner
2003
230 pages
Hardback ISBN: 978-1-58826-337-7

George Yancey, Professor of Sociology
University of North Texas

“By the year 2050, whites will be a numerical racial minority, albeit the largest minority, in the United States.” This statement, asserts George Yancey, while statistically correct, is nonetheless false.

Yancey marshals compelling evidence to show that the definition of who is “white” is changing rapidly, with nonblack minorities accepting the perspectives of the current white majority group and, in turn, being increasingly assimilated. In contrast, African Americans continue to experience high levels of alienation. To understand the racial reality in the United States, Yancey demonstrates, it is essential to discard the traditional white/nonwhite dichotomy and to explore the implications of the changing color of whiteness.

Contents

  • Alienation and Race in the United States.
  • How To Become White.
  • “They Are OKā€”Just Keep Them Away From Me”: Residential and Marital Segregation Patterns.
  • The End of the Rainbow Coalition.
  • The Changing Significance of “Latino” and “Asian.”
  • The Black/Nonblack Society.
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