Originally posted by whodey
So the study of "white men" is based on racism?
Do you consider the men of Greece "White men"? What about the Italians in the Roman empire? Were they "white men" as well?
Was Zimmerman a "white man"? He is Hispanic but always referred to as white.
I wonder why.
For some reason, right wingers think "Hispanic" is a "race" even though the US Census, for example, says Hispanics can be of any race.
This is a good summary of the difference:
The truth is, Zimmerman is both: white and Hispanic, one a racial category and the other a marker of ethnicity, an accusation and an exoneration, respectively, inverted from their usual exculpatory order. Both are social constructions, but the former relies on skin color and ostensibly biological features, while the latter is a designation based on country of origin.
The article also has this paragraph which raises an excellent point:
George Zimmerman, neighborhood watchman and wannabe cop, placed a bet on his whiteness; when he shot and killed a young, unarmed black teenager because they always get away, he spoke with an oppressor’s voice, and for his service the oppressor’s justice absolved him. But Zimmerman, liminal and of questionable loyalty, is not beyond betrayal — if his victim had been blond and named Travis then Fox News would likely be crowing about immigrant intrusiveness, the dangers of Mexicans with guns, rather than celebrating his right to bear arms.