Hua Hsu, “The End of White America?” The Atlantic(January/February 2009), pp. 1-16. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/01/the-end-of-white-america/307208/
William H. Frey, “The US Will Become ‘Minority White’ in 2045, Census Projects,” Brookings Institution, March 14, 2018 (updated September 10, 2018).
Hua Hsu wrote this important article for The Atlanticearly in 2009, just as Barack Obama was being inaugurated as the first acknowledged black (aka: mixed-race) president of the United States. Read this article carefully, along with an article from the Brookings Institution blog from ten years later, projecting that the entire United States will become “minority white” in 2045. (The latter article continues all sorts of statistical information as to when each age group will become majority non-white.)
Do white people care? Is it the “end of white America,” as Hsu puts it? Is there a “white America” to begin with? And if there is, how does the existence and preservation of a “white America” explain the systems of oppression that have existed in this country since its post-indigenous founding?
And if “white America” disappears (or is diminished), do you project that the systems of oppression that exist in this country will change? Or not? How?
In your response, make sure you reference the readings, what we’ve been discussing in class, as well as respond to at least one of your classmates.