Researchers from the University of Illinois and Ohio State University have examined the racial identities immigrants take on when trying to assimilate. They found nearly four out of five recent Latino migrants, regardless of skin color, called themselves white. The results are attributed to the anti-immigration sentiment permeating the United States, the desire for social mobility which is tied to Whiteness here and abroad, and the disparity in pay earned by dark-skinned Latinos and lighter-skinned Latinos in this country and their home countries. The study suggests that racial polarization informs the self-actualizing racial hierarchy. We suggest that if Latinos can see, being black in America leaves a lot to be desired.

SOURCE: Racewire