Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The End of Whiteness

The Atlantic has a fascinating article about the "erosion of whiteness" within the United States and how, on the eve of a truly historic presidency, what has long been considered the cornerstone of America is now being threatened.

The Election of Barack Obama is just the most startling manifestation of a larger trend: the gradual erosion of “whiteness” as the touchstone of what it means to be American. If the end of white America is a cultural and demographic inevitability, what will the new mainstream look like—and how will white Americans fit into it? What will it mean to be white when whiteness is no longer the norm? And will a post-white America be less racially divided—or more so? ...

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