Meghan Markle and the many definitions of 'white' America

The tale of the coming white minority has roiled American politics. A recent political science study shows that white anxiety over lost status tipped the last presidential election to Mr Donald Trump, and Democratic Party leaders are banking on changing demography for a brighter destiny.

But rumours of white America's demise have been greatly exaggerated. That's because the prevailing definition of whiteness is stubbornly stuck in the past.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 22, 2018, with the headline 'Meghan Markle and the many definitions of 'white' America'. Print Edition | Subscribe