In California, those who identify as non-Spanish speaking whites are the state’s ethno-racial minority. I’ve been thinking about what changes will be necessary to terms such as “minority,” “diversity,” and the like, especially when we write about power, discrimination, anti-racist politics, and the imperative for social justice. Today’s Guardian.com features a report about Britain’s struggle to take on these tasks.
Specific to ACRAH’s focus on the representation of racialization, some questions are especially pressing. What will “minority” look like, signify, and index in the late twenty-first century in North America, the United Kingdom, and Western Europe? In these locales, what images will be summoned and thrown into relief? How will demographic shifts in these regions demand new, sharper analyses of “race” and its histories?