In the US, second wave immigrants were not considered as white as earlier immigrants…but they were still eligible for naturalized citizenship and were actually racialized as white, and quickly were fully able to grasp whiteness
BUT NOW IN THE US,…
Reblogging as a suddenly confused American who is Italian.
I didn’t think this was an issue…
However, to the last post- This lovely country of ours technically labels people from the Middle East as white.
Yeah, it is an issue with random people on tumblr (and in real life to some extent) who try to say “but I’m not white! I’m Italian/*insert second wave immigrant group here*” as if the two are mutually exclusive.
And yeah, census definitions label people from the Middle East as white but it’s pretty inaccurate because white Americans don’t racialize people from the Middle East as white for the most part, and plenty of people from the Middle East self-identify as people of color.
The key phrase is “as white as”, which means they were still white.
There was some mixing back in the day along the Mediterranean & this pseudo-PoC status only applies to Southern Italians, anyway. Italians, even Southern Italians, are considered white & do benefit from white privilege. Irish, Polish, Slavic, Italian discrimination is not the same as racism & never will be. That falls under the category of ethnic discrimination, but as one can see, Italians, Irish, Poles & Slavs have done just fine in America, whereas true PoC still experience blatant & institutionalized racism.
Ask any white person if Middle Easterners are white.. Hahaha
My school has an option for “white” which includes Middle Eastern and North African peoples (on all of it’s forms). I suggested they change it.
My suggestion was… ignored.