The future of American racism



wizard_of_oz_dorothy Dorothy: “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

Note: The following is mostly based on chapter 14 of “Race in North America” (2012) by Audrey and Brian D. Smedley.

Racism in the US is always changing but changes slowly. That means the near future will be pretty much the same, but the longer term it will bring change.

American racism will have to somehow adjust to:

  1. The rise of Japan as a country fully the equal of the US and Britain.
  2. The rise of the Black American middle-class and Blacks in important positions in the US.
  3. Immigration from Asia and Latin America pouring into the US, bringing millions of people who do not fit into the old black-and-white boxes.
  4. Multiracial identities, particularly those who are half White and half Asian or Latino. It not only challenges the idea that race determines culture and behaviour, but also makes one’s “race” harder to determine…

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