t That was brilliantly written Alex and yes there IS hope. I’m considered a Caucasian male. It’s called white although I think pink-skin is probably more accurate for what’s called white (see Gammon memes from the UK). I grew up in a tiny suburban town in NJ that had only 5 black families in it for a long time. (I had a crush on a fellow clarinet player in the 7th grade who was from one of the five families). But were the rest white families? No. There were no white people in my 1 sq mile town growing up. You were either Italian or Irish or “didn’t really fit in”. I was in the 3rd group. As demographics started shifting, anybody with tan or olive skin was “Indian”. (even if middle eastern or mexican). (90s). These are things I’d overhear. I left in 2002 and watched a dramatic change after 9/11. THAT’S when I started hearing “white” and “American” around town, even among people I grew up with. Whether Sikh, Indian, Pakistan, from Egypt, Mexico or Central America: If you had tan/olive skin, you were a terrorist. These are things I’d overhear. “What’s Irish? What’s Italian? There’s just American as long as you look Caucasian enough.” That wasn’t said but it was implied. It’s a kind of solidarity I didn’t join and I don’t like when pink-skinned men stand up and try to say “We Americans”, at me with a wink and a nod because they don’t represent me. But, they also do. That’s why I work against racism within the “We’re all human but those non-whites better shape up” crowd. I know I could’ve been them.

t That was brilliantly written Alex and yes there IS hope.

I’m considered a Caucasian male. It’s called white although I think pink-skin is probably more accurate for what’s called white (see Gammon memes from the UK).

I grew up in a tiny suburban town in NJ that had only 5 black families in it for a long time. (I had a crush on a fellow clarinet player in the 7th grade who was from one of the five families).

But were the rest white families?

No. There were no white people in my 1 sq mile town growing up.

You were either Italian or Irish or “didn’t really fit in”.

I was in the 3rd group.

As demographics started shifting, anybody with tan or olive skin was “Indian”. (even if middle eastern or mexican). (90s).

These are things I’d overhear.

I left in 2002 and watched a dramatic change after 9/11.

THAT’S when I started hearing “white” and “American” around town, even among people I grew up with.

Whether Sikh, Indian, Pakistan, from Egypt, Mexico or Central America: If you had tan/olive skin, you were a terrorist.

These are things I’d overhear.

“What’s Irish? What’s Italian? There’s just American as long as you look Caucasian enough.”

That wasn’t said but it was implied.

It’s a kind of solidarity I didn’t join and I don’t like when pink-skinned men stand up and try to say “We Americans”, at me with a wink and a nod because they don’t represent me.

But, they also do.

That’s why I work against racism within the
“We’re all human but those non-whites better shape up” crowd. I know I could’ve been them.

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Funny thing is: Let’s say the supposed “Caucasian paradise” happened in the USA.

What would happen next?

I’ll tell you.

It’ll go back to the strata as 100 yrs ago.

English heritage on top.
Eastern European at bottom.

and many layers inbetween.

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The immigration quotas in use for the majority of the 20th century:
 
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5078/
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