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Latinos, Race, and the American Future: A Response to Richard Alba’s “The Likely Persistence of a White Majority”

Latinos, Race, and the American Future: A Response to Richard Alba’s “The Likely Persistence of a... iStock 700124 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796017700124New Labor ForumMora and Rodríguez-Muñiz research-article2017 Over the Rainbow: The Uncertain Future of U.S. Politics New Labor Forum 2017, Vol. 26(2) 40 –46 Latinos, Race, and the American Copyright © 2017, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: Future: A Response to Richard sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/1095796017700124 DOI: 10.1177/1095796017700124 Alba’s “The Likely Persistence journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf of a White Majority” 1 2 G. Cristina Mora and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz Keywords politics, racism, equality, Latinos, demography That politics undergirds censuses is a truism. At about the looming “browning of America” and least since the revised second edition of Benedict the development of a “white minority” are over- Anderson’s influential Imagined Communities: blown. His claim rests on two points, the first of Reflections on the Origin and Spread of which involves how the Census Bureau presents Nationalism in 1991, scholars have accepted that racial statistics to the public. Specifically, because censuses are both political and scientific enter- it classifies Latinos and mixed-race (i.e., white/ prises. Census racial classifications are a case in racial minority) Americans as non-white by point because they have historically become insti- default on census reports, the Bureau, according tuted through political efforts. For example, to Alba, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

Latinos, Race, and the American Future: A Response to Richard Alba’s “The Likely Persistence of a White Majority”

New Labor Forum , Volume 26 (2): 7 – May 1, 2017

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iStock 700124 NLFXXX10.1177/1095796017700124New Labor ForumMora and Rodríguez-Muñiz research-article2017 Over the Rainbow: The Uncertain Future of U.S. Politics New Labor Forum 2017, Vol. 26(2) 40 –46 Latinos, Race, and the American Copyright © 2017, The Murphy Institute, City University of New York Reprints and permissions: Future: A Response to Richard sagepub.com/journalsPermissions.nav https://doi.org/10.1177/1095796017700124 DOI: 10.1177/1095796017700124 Alba’s “The Likely Persistence journals.sagepub.com/home/nlf of a White Majority” 1 2 G. Cristina Mora and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz Keywords politics, racism, equality, Latinos, demography That politics undergirds censuses is a truism. At about the looming “browning of America” and least since the revised second edition of Benedict the development of a “white minority” are over- Anderson’s influential Imagined Communities: blown. His claim rests on two points, the first of Reflections on the Origin and Spread of which involves how the Census Bureau presents Nationalism in 1991, scholars have accepted that racial statistics to the public. Specifically, because censuses are both political and scientific enter- it classifies Latinos and mixed-race (i.e., white/ prises. Census racial classifications are a case in racial minority) Americans as non-white by point because they have historically become insti- default on census reports, the Bureau, according tuted through political efforts. For example, to Alba,

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