Patricia Williams is upset because her colleagues don't want to call themselves "white" and she considers this proof of racism.
Patricia Williams is upset because her colleagues don't want to call themselves "white" and she considers this proof of racism. Of course, if they were proudly proclaiming themselves "white," she would consider that proof of "racism," too. Damned if you do and damned if you don't!
I find it very interesting that Williams's Jewish colleague was afraid to list her religion/ethnic identity on documents for fear that it would be used against her. The Census Bureau tried to add a "religion" question to the 1960 Census but Jewish and predominately Jewish organizations (such as the ACLU) became hysterical and claimed that forcing Jews to identify themselves as such on official documents could pave the way for future persecution, perhaps a new Holocaust. Obviously, anyone who feels that way would be a hypocrite to advocate affirmative action, census racial classifications or any other required government racial//ethnic classification for other people.
All mixed-race people should identify as white. Hell, the Hispanics do that and they are the most "mixed-race" people in the United States!
Ann Arbor, MI
Apr 29 2010 - 9:29pm