Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Scratching Out a Living"Latinos, Race, and Work in the Deep South"$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Angela Stuesse

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520287204

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520287204.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 20 September 2021

Pecking Order

Pecking Order

Latino Newcomers, Receptions, and Racial Hierarchies

(p.93) 5 Pecking Order
Scratching Out a Living

Angela Stuesse

University of California Press

This chapter addresses how the growing presence of Latino communities transformed social hierarchies of race in Mississippi. The immigrants' arrival reinforced a racialized system in which whiteness maintained its privilege if blackness stayed at the very bottom. White Americans reinforced their whiteness—an identity that provided them with resources, power, and opportunity—by ensuring that African Americans would remain “the defining other despite how much they conform to White standards.” This system incentivizes people of diverse backgrounds to invest in the workings of white supremacy in hopes of reaping its benefits at the expense of those identified as Black.

Keywords:   racialized system, whiteness, white supremacy, blackness, race, Latino communities, African Americans

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.