The future of racial stratification in the US

I told you so. And who is responsible for Brazil?

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igualdade-no-brasil-miscigenado Brazil’s “racial democracy”. Is the US moving towards a Latin American model of race?

Note: The following is based on chapter eight of Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s excellent book, “Racism Without Racists” (2010). This post presents his best guess as of 2010, but without all of his scholarly mights and maybes.

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, professor of sociology at Duke University and expert on colour-blind racism, says the US seems to be moving towards a Latin American model of race.

Whites are set to become a minority. They could try to remain the majority through immigration laws and broadening the idea of what “white” is. Bonilla-Silva thinks that is unlikely: most Asians and Latinos are not assimilating in the same way Europeans did a hundred years ago.

The three-race model: Instead, the US seems to be moving towards something like this:

  1. “Whites”
    • Old whites (Wasps, Jews, Italians, Irish, Germans, etc),
    • New whites (Russians…

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