The Future of Whiteness.

Via PostBourgie is U.C. Irvine professor Jennifer Lee discussing the "color line" as it moves and shifts in response to the demographic changes of the last few decades:

Traditionally, the "color line" has been a simple divide between black and white, with Latinos falling on the side of "black" in most cases. But as Lee points out, this is shifting to black/non-black, as the U.S. sees a growing population of Asians and Latinos and higher rates of interracial marriage. 

Of course, this doesn't apply to all Asians and all Latinos; because of their skin color, Afro-Brazillians -- for instance -- are most likely to be thought of as black, despite the fact that they might identify differently. What's more, as Lee notes, where you fall on the continuum will have a lot to do with your socioeconomic status, so that less prosperous Asian groups -- like Cambodians and Vietnamese -- might be lumped in on the black side of the divide. Still, as I've noted before, "whiteness" is a very fluid category, with Latinos and Asians gradually entering the category of "potential white people." 

-- Jamelle Bouie

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