I find this fascinating. As I type this, the admin across the hall is speaking Spanish to someone who just called her on the phone. Last week, I had some of the best Middle Eastern food I’ve ever had from a little restaurant hard by University of New Haven.
Does this explain some of the increased racial tension, the vitriol and hatred, like a last-gasp of a dying regime? Claro. I’m reading a paper on “White Fragility” that begins (and yes, I laughed when I first read the phrase and thanks Leftover for the link, but read on):
White people in North America live in a social environment that protects and insulates them from race-based stress. This insulated environment of racial protection builds white expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering the ability to tolerate racial stress, leading to what I refer to as White Fragility. White Fragility is a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves. These moves include the outward display of emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and behaviors such as argumentation, silence, and leaving the stress-inducing situation. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium. This paper explicates the dynamics of White Fragility.