Via Lisa at Sociological Images, UC Irvine professor Jennifer Lee mulls over the increasingly complex conversations on race in the U.S. being spurred by the immigration of Asians and Latin@s, away from the black/white binary. She says the new continuum is black/nonblack, as opposed to white/nonwhite.
Jamelle has made a similar point in the past.
There’s no doubt that the United States will become a more ethnically diverse country, but that’s a far cry from saying that the United States will become a “browner” country. If the past is any indication, white America is here for the long haul; new immigrants and their children will claim the identity, and in all likelihood, we’ll add “Martinez” and “Park” to the long list of traditionally “white” names.