Race in America
Eugene Volokh describes how the "Asians became White". It's an interesting account of the imbecility of racial classifications. Volokh writes, "I've discussed this phenomenon — of Asians not only being classified together with whites for various race preference programs (and calls for such programs), but of actually being called white — in the past."
It would be hilarious if it weren't so serious.
I just want to add that the concept of race and color is a variable thing. In equatorial Africa, for some strange reason, an African-American and a Chinese are all species of Gringos, though they may revert to their previous racial categories once they leave it. In many parts of the world an Arab is white, while in other parts of the world he may not be white.
This leads to the strange situation where a Filipino, who marries a fair skinned Mexican girl in the Philippines and emigrates to America mysteriously finds the trip has made him "white" and transformed his light brown haired wife into a minority. In this new world, some problems remain. Is an Indian (as in from Bombay) white? Do Native Americans, who have Asian features, become white?
I think eventually race will be decided on the basis of politics. Condoleeza Rice will become "white"; Barack Obama will remain "black". Ward Churchill will become a native American. And Bill Richardson will oscillate between being white and Latino, depending on the length of his beard.
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