|Moroccan-Americans, basking in that white privilege|
With the clock winding down on its final term, the Obama administration is rushing to institute changes in racial classifications.
Yet with all eyes glued to President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team, the move will likely get little notice. That’s a shame, because the proposal will only aggravate the volatile social frictions that created today’s poisonous political climate in the first place.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) slipped notice of the proposed rule under the door just one day after Congress went on recess in September. It calls for the creation of a new ethnic group out of an estimated 10 million Americans who trace family origins back to the swath of land between Morocco and the Iran-Afghanistan border. Now classified as white, they would form part of a new Middle East and North Africa (MENA) ethnic group in the 2020 Census.
A second change would affect 56 million Americans who are now told by the census to classify themselves as “Hispanics” ethnically. The proposed rule would eliminate a second question that lets them also choose their race. In 2010, more than half (26.7 million of 50 million) of these people identified themselves as both Hispanic and white, while others chose other races. A new, single question would effectively make “Hispanic” their sole racial identifier.Jews are, presumably, also classified as white. An interesting discussion about this has recently taken place among American Jewry.
Short version: One Jewess says "We Jews need to forgo our white privilege and stand together with Muslims and negroes against Evil Trump" (link). Another Jew pushes back saying "No, we Jews aren't white. How dare you deny us our "oppressed minority" Brown Privilege?
No one that wants to end anti-Semitism and to fight against bigotry and racism should be claiming that Jews are “white.” People who try to depict or describe Jews as “white” are (albeit likely unintentionally) nullifying Jewish history and identity, and they are (again albeit likely unintentionally) essentially supporting Western imperialism, or at least it’s cultural imperialism, by imposing an artificial European creation (of a “White people”) on Jews — who regardless of our shade or whether we are Ashkenazi, Sephardic, or Mizrahi — are genetic brothers and sisters who have more in common genetically with each other than with most ethnic Europeans or “whites.”
Based on Ruiz-Grossman’s article, it is plain that she would never deny an African-American, Hispanic or Native American person either their heritage or their history because they may be able to appear or “pass” as white. But sadly, she feels perfectly comfortable doing that to her own people, a people that has suffered as much as any people on earth for not being “white.”Source
It is partly because of this kind of imprecision that I try to avoid the term "white people" and suggest use of "European" or "European-American" instead. The "White/Brown" dichotomy also implicitly pits Europeans against the entire rest of the human race, a starting position that is clearly unfavourable to Europeans.