Skip to comments.Post-racial America?
Posted on 03/21/2014 7:00:53 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
A panel at the Center for American Progress discussed The Meaning of Race in a 21st-Century America, billed as an in-depth discussion on the meaning of race and ethnicity in a changing America.
Julie Dowling, associate professor of Latina/Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, spoke, in great detail, of how the U.S. Census questions have evolved over time. Historically, Dowling pointed out that Hispanics did not want to be label themselves as Latinos for fear of discrimination and actually called themselves white on early Census Bureau reports to avoid being labeled as such. Mexicans in the U.S. even lobbied to have this removed and the Latino designation was removed by 1930. The Census, instead of presenting options of nationalities, went with Hispanic from 1970 until the present day. She admitted, as a part-Hispanic woman, we complicate the matter.
Dowling said, Latinos themselves can be a variety of races [and] because of these issues as well, it becomes complicated. Yet she worried that the Census does not narrow down the data on nationalities and origins.
The idea that were post-racial, the idea that we live in a colorblind society, does seem to be the biggest impediment to moving somewhere because we see racial inequalities on the rise, Dowling said. We have this constant discourse that race is a part of the past and if you bring up race and racism, youre the one calling attention to race, youre the one sort of stuck in the past.
People think you brought up race, so you must be racist, according to Dowling. Dowling stated, When we see all these inequalities happening, we [still] want to think of ourselves as being post-racial as being colorblind.
Dowling claimed that For the most part, those who checked white were not lighter skin but it was about saying I am an American citizen. She continued, Its about Im an American [and] I dont want to be discriminated against. Dowling added that these Hispanics no longer want to be stopped and have their papers checked by the police and that, People dont want to be racialized.
She said that the anti-immigration rhetoric keeps me up at night and criticized the movement. Dowling then lamented that minorities refuse to acknowledge their ethnicity: When were together, were more powerful. She said, Im saddened because this divisiveness within races weighs on me as I think about race relations.
How does she propose to resolve the divisions within ethnicities? Dowling proposed, We need a forum to capture these nuances in communities.
Despicable race hustler. People like her are the problem. They create division to justify their own existence.
We need a forum to capture these nuances in communities.
It (race) won’t matter when the lights go out...
When they actually want to “dialog”, “di” meaning bi-directional,
get back with me.
While they’re still blaming YT for everything, don’t bother.
Post racial = post white.
seems with an education and SOMETHING of economic value to offer that race is not an issue.... individual responsibility...
THAT is what most whites don’t yet comprehend.
Yup...what you said
She’s not a race hustler. Hispanic is not a race. At most it’s a linguistic cohort.
And LULAC did not agitate to have the word “Latino” replaced by “white” in the 1920s because the word didn’t exist. It’s a creation of the late 60s.
They lobbied to be declared white because in 1930 you could not get into the country if you weren’t except in some limited cases.
And Iberos have always considered themselves better then the barefoot Mestizos, so they didn’t care if they left those guys behind.
And as for little miss Hispanofascist Dowling, she’s just an ethnic Bigot and Spaniard reconquistador, angry and bitter that the hated Anglos built a better civilization then her pathetic ancestors.
She and her buddies don’t care what the U.S. looks like in the end, as long as there are more of her Raza hanging around breeding themselves silly.
Anyone who has seen the slums of Mexico City understands this.
“Hyper-Racial America” is more like it.
This woman is as dumb as a box of rocks, never mind that she has a chip on her shoulder. Agreed-Hispanic or Latino is a linguistic distinction at the least-at the most it is an ethnic group-no different from Italian, French, German, etc, etc. And like those other groups, most of those of Hispanic ancestry are white/caucasian. I come from an old family from Spain in the new world since the 16th century- hence, we are mixed with native Americans-what snobby Spaniards called mestizos in centuries past-but that is just another ethnic group.
The whole planet has been made up of people of mixed races and ethnic groups for time immemorial, according to DNA research, much as people like her would like to deny it-we don’t need any steenkin’ race cards...
It makes me want to smack some sense into people like Dowling-they are the “racists”, not the rest of us...
Exactly right. We have a winner !