Hsu Hua the End of White America Essay

1110 Words May 13th, 2013 5 Pages
Sarah Thompson
Dr. Campbell
English 101
April 22, 2013
The End of White America
Hua Hsu is the author of “The End of White America’” and also teaches in the English Department at Vassar College. He’s known for writing about music, sports and culture. Many of his articles have appeared in magazines such as The Village Voice, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic and The New York Times.
In his article “The End of White America?” Hua Hsu attempts to convince the reader that demographic shifts, immigration and the increase of interracial marriages have resulted in the “beiging” of America. He supports this view by citing Census Bureau data and marketing research used by advertising conglomerates to create ads designed to appeal to the majority
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He points out that the country is seeing the reemergence of a cultural solidarity among lower-middle-class whites to return to American authenticity or “grassroots” and the “way things used to be.” Hsu bases this “return to white America” on, among others, the rise of country music and NASCAR, both of which occurred outside the circles of high society. In comparison to the equal rights movement in the 60s and multiculturalism advances in the 1990s, we are now seeing a return of racial pride that defines itself through cultural cues and xenophobia’s.
Hsu recognizes that society’s view of minorities has changed dramatically since Gatsby’s era (1920’s) and acknowledges that the civil rights movement of the 60s has allowed minorities to occupy positions of power and/or influence.
Hsu suggests that white America is not only in fear of becoming a minority but is in fear of losing what they consider to be white entitlements or of control over to people of color. He informs the reader that irrational “white” fear has manifested itself throughout the 20th century and that this dissatisfaction has given rise to various forms of identify politics which generally stem from the sense that the system that used to guarantee the white working class some stability has gone awry. He states that aside from causing some dissatisfaction, the demographic shifts discussed are more likely to reduce the power

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