2nd Update: Ok before we move on to the debriefing stage, I just wanted to move this post back to the top to see if we can get a few more answers. Keep in mind the groups that people disagree on.
Given the debate in the comments section on the immigration thread, I thought this might be a good exercise/thread. This comes from a classroom exercise I used, which is based on an article by Doug Daniels((Daniels, Doug. “The White Race is Shrinking: Perceptions of Race in Canada and Some Speculations on the Political Economy of Race Classification.” Pp. 51-54 in Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror by R. Delgado and Jean Stefancic (Eds.). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.))
For the following groups, please answer whether or not each group is white: YES or NO
- Puerto Ricans
Feel free to cut and paste your answers into the comments section. If you would like to explain your answers, you can also do this in the comments section.
UPDATE: Part 2 of the project.Now let’s look at the ones that we disagree on………Israelis, Chileans, are there any others? Why do you think we disagree about these particular groups? What do you think this says about the construction of whiteness?