The Trump campaign, white supremacy, and the sliding scale of whiteness in America

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The Poles, in other words, were not considered white. Far from it: they were considered a mysterious menace that should be expelled. …

…Over time, the strategy of positioning Poles as “white” against a dark-skinned “other” was successful. Poles came to consider themselves white, and more importantly, they came to be considered white by their fellow Americans …[and w]ith that new white identity came the ability to practice the discrimination they had once endured.

pub. 08/2016

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