CNN confronted scrutiny over the weekend after it revealed an evaluation article claiming it was a “myth” that White supremacy would fade away as America grew to become more diverse.
In the Saturday article, CNN Enterprise author John Blake argued that “Whiteness” was elastic and that because the inhabitants grew to become more diverse, as seen in the 2020 U.S. census report, White supremacy would adapt as a result of being White might expand to incorporate new members, “if they have the right look.”
“Don’t ever underestimate White supremacy’s ability to adapt. The assumption that more racial diversity equals more racial equality is a dangerous myth. Racial diversity can function as a cloaking device, concealing the most powerful forms of White supremacy while giving the appearance of racial progress,” Blake wrote.
“Racism will likely be just as entrenched in a browner America as it is now. It will still be White supremacy, with a tan,” he added.
Blake later claimed that how “Whiteness” was outlined all through historical past was a prime instance of how White supremacy can adapt, citing the eventual inclusion of Italians, Irish and Jewish folks into the White race when, he mentioned, they weren’t initially thought-about to be “fully White.”
He referred to a visitor essay in The New York Times by political scientist Justin Gest saying, “The US has broadened its definition of White people throughout history enough to maintain power over Black, Asian and Latino people.”
“Why do so many racial groups gravitate toward Whiteness?” Blake requested rhetorically.
“It’s due to a racial hierarchy that places Whiter-looking people at the top and darker-skinned people at the bottom of the socio-economic ladder,” he answered.
Blake predicted that Latinos might be “the future of Whiteness,” claiming that some had already begun to mark “White” on their census varieties and that the temptation to determine as White might be “too tempting for many to ignore.”
Critics took to social media to blast the article, with some describing it as “propaganda,” “racist,” and “beyond parody.”