Consider this paragraph from Michael Gonzalez’s Wall Street Journal op-ed on the rebranding of La Raza, the Hispanic advocacy group:
The nation’s “Hispanics” are undergoing a radical shift that most politicians are missing: A white majority is likely to persist in America. “Many children growing up today in mixed families are integrating into a still largely white mainstream society,” sociologist Richard Alba noted in American Prospect last year. These children are “likely to think of themselves as part of that mainstream, rather than as minorities excluded from it.”
The name La Raza—“the race” in Spanish—flies in the face of this reality. It is off-putting to many “Hispanics,” an artificial Census category comprising many razas. The organization’s CEO, Janet Murguia, admitted as much in a video announcing the name change: “We must make sure that our name and our organization evolves along with and remains relevant to our ever changing Hispanic community.”
which is exactly what I’ve been predicting for some time. The United States is likely to remain a majority white country for the foreseeable future. The definition of whiteness will change over time to accommodate that majority, just as it changed between 1820 and 1870 and again between 1900 and 1960. In the 19th century the Irish weren’t considered white; in the early 20th century neither Jews nor Italians were. There are still a few Anglo holdouts these days but for most Americans the definition of whiteness has changed. Political parties take note.