By Abigail M. Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstrom
Twenty-five essays protecting more than a few parts from faith and immigration to kin constitution and crime learn America's altering racial and ethnic scene. They sincerely convey that outdated civil rights thoughts won't resolve state-of-the-art difficulties and provide a daring new civil rights schedule in keeping with ultra-modern realities.
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Extra info for Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America
29 The high and low estimates vary from each other by a staggering 236 million. Thus the population half a century from now may be nearly double what it is today (approximately 270 million), but it might instead be a mere 5 percent larger than it is now. If there is such great uncertainty about what the total population will be half a century from now, there must be similar uncertainty about the size of the various racial and ethnic subgroups that make up the total. Why do these projections vary so enormously?
Does the discrimination experienced by your grandparents, great-grandparents, or even more remote ancestors have any relevance to your life today? The case for classifying some Americans as belonging to a victim group is, of course, strongest for blacks. Indeed, it is hard to imagine that official racial statistics would still be gathered but for the continuing “American dilemma,” the seemingly never ending problem of how black Americans can be integrated into American society. The situation of blacks in the United States is sui generis.
With other “racial” groups, the assumption that exposure to discrimination in the past continues to be a major obstacle is even more questionable. During World War II, Japanese American citizens living on the West Coast were presumed to be of questionable loyalty to the United States because of their “blood” ties to Japan, and for that reason they were forced to abandon their homes and businesses and were locked up in relocation camps for the duration of the war. Almost all of them were deprived of their liberty for four years, and many lost valuable property, receiving only partial compensation long after the war had ended.
Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity in America by Abigail M. Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstrom