Jun 25, 2018 in Political

Making a Non White America

Allison Varzally in the book “Making a Non-White America: Californians Coloring outside Ethnic Lines, 1925-1955” describes California in the 20th century inhabited by so many ethnic groups and there is no dominant or majority ethnic group. The ethnic groups were the Japanese, Filipinos, Chinese, Hindus, Portuguese, Koreans and blacks among others who coexisted mutually (Varzally, 2008). The population of non-Whites had a social cohesion that made them support each other in times of trouble; the populations included the Asians, Africans, Mexicans, and Jewish Americans, Natives, and others (Varzally, 2008).

They had similar problems due to racial prejudice from the white population and this fact brought them together to fight a common enemy. They were segregated in areas of stay, schools and streets, places of worship and sports grounds. Therefore in any event of any arrests of non-whites there would be outrage from the non-whites demanding justice and fairness to them.

As Varzally, 2008 put it the minorities had a localized network of connections so as to conveniently and easily get through the discriminations and oppressions of the white population. The non-white population responded to the internment of Californians of Japanese ancestry with uproar and riots, this was because they treated each other as members of the same group despite their different ethnic backgrounds.

The arrival of Nisei Units of soldiers in the south i.e. the 442nd regimental combat team and 100th infantry battalion changed the aspect of racial rules (Varzally, 2008). They were expected to get used to the white category of white and they needed to use the white facilities while in the south. However, most soldiers preferred using the black facilities such as buses with an aim of ending the racial discrimination in the region (Varzally, 2008).

The soldiers presumed they would be treated black since some of the recruits were immigrants from the non-white population and they never expected to be treated as the Nisei Act stated (Varzally, 2008). The author describes a non-white Californian society that was united in responding to the ethno racial discrimination and ensured equal rights and justice that contributed to a non white America.

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