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"White adjacent"

I've seen this term used in several threads. What does it mean and what are some examples?

by Anonymousreply 7009/27/2015

Cream, ecru, eggshell, ivory....

by Anonymousreply 109/14/2013

I see this term used in reference to a persob's race or ethnicity on threads such as when referring to a celeb's race.

by Anonymousreply 309/14/2013


i teach and the youngest generation is turning out more and more mixed - Asian/Latino African-American/Asian - any and all combos. clunky terms like this may be on the rise.

by Anonymousreply 409/14/2013

So it's like high yellow?

by Anonymousreply 509/14/2013

Sooner than people think, the boundaries of whiteness will be expanded to include virtually anyone who isn't black.

For example, more and more very white-looking Latinos are claiming a white identity.

There was a very interesting book on the topic that was released a few years back.

by Anonymousreply 609/14/2013

Still not good enough to be in Tri Delt!

by Anonymousreply 709/14/2013

[quote]For example, more and more very white-looking Latinos are claiming a white identity.

You're joking right? Young Latinos would rather claim anything other than being pocho (white). White=old, tired, racist.

by Anonymousreply 809/14/2013

Sooner than you think, so many people will be of mixed race that the racists will just give up.

by Anonymousreply 909/14/2013

"White adjacent"

It's how we want to be viewed by our target audience. But the truth is that we have only a big toe in the 'hood' for street cred while we maintain our full access to farmer's markets and film festivals.

by Anonymousreply 1009/14/2013

It sounds like some bullshit realtor sales-speak to make a property seem more attractive. A house that's in the ghetto but on the edge of a white area.

by Anonymousreply 1109/14/2013

R11 Well, of course it started with Realtor-speak when they would show listings as "Beverly Hills-adjacent," for example, when the house was actually in Van Nuys, or something.

by Anonymousreply 1209/14/2013

"...the boundaries of whiteness will be expanded to include virtually anyone who isn't black. For example, more and more very white-looking Latinos are claiming a white identity."

FYI some Latinos ARE white; they have significant European ancestry, and light skin, hair, and/or eyes.

"Latino" is a linguistic/national designation, it doesn't actually tell you a person's race.

by Anonymousreply 1309/15/2013

I know someone from Columbia. His ancestors are all Spanish. He definitely, and appropriately, identifies as having European ancestry (= white).

by Anonymousreply 1409/15/2013

Who are some celebrity examples of white adjacent?

by Anonymousreply 1509/15/2013

[quote]Sooner than you think, so many people will be of mixed race that the racists will just give up.

pretty much

by Anonymousreply 1609/15/2013

[quote]I know someone from Columbia.

i Know someone from YALE!

by Anonymousreply 1709/15/2013

Some examples of white adjacent

Rashida Jones

Lolo Jones

Kris Humpfries

Wentworth Miller

Andy Garcia

Jessica Alba

Freddie Prinze, Jr.

William Levy

by Anonymousreply 1809/15/2013

Racists won't give up, R9, they'll just do what they've always done and redefine 'white' culture, much in the same way that Irish and Italians weren't considered fully white when they first emigrated to America in significant numbers.

William F. Buckley might have been the whitest person of the 20th century, yet he was Irish Catholic. That would have been unthinkable had he been born a few decades before.

by Anonymousreply 1909/15/2013

It means the neighbor is white, as in This house is white adjacent.

by Anonymousreply 2009/15/2013

All we need is a voluntary, free-spirited, open-ended program of procreative racial deconstruction. Everybody just gotta keep fuckin' everybody 'til they're all the same color.

by Anonymousreply 2209/15/2013

Culver City

by Anonymousreply 2309/15/2013

R8 is right.

by Anonymousreply 2409/15/2013

r8 is wrong. Shockingly wrong.

by Anonymousreply 2509/15/2013

More celebrity examples please. Fank you.

by Anonymousreply 2709/15/2013

This is Guillermo del Toro, Mexican film director. He was born and raised in Mexico, Spanish is his native tongue, but he makes films in Spanish and English, in Europe and the US.

And he's white enough to pass unnoticed in small town Minnesota.

by Anonymousreply 2809/15/2013

So, several of you have named whites, but I still don't know who is "white adjacent".

by Anonymousreply 2909/15/2013

More importantly, what is "gay-adjacent"?

by Anonymousreply 3009/15/2013

R26, the world neither perceives or places such great importance on race anywhere near the level Americans do. Your extremely limiting categories of white and black don't quite work in the part of the world you're speaking about.

Anyway, to answer the OP's question I honestly thought it had something to do with paint.

by Anonymousreply 3109/15/2013

R28 - what world do you live in?

by Anonymousreply 3209/15/2013

"And he's white enough to pass unnoticed in small town Minnesota"

And fat enough too. If he were thin, he'd probably stand out as much as Idris Elba walking into town at noon.

by Anonymousreply 3309/15/2013

R31, plenty of other places in the world have racist racial problems.

Also, does the name "Mandela" ring any bells?

by Anonymousreply 3409/15/2013

[quote]"And he's white enough to pass unnoticed in small town Minnesota"

[quote]And fat enough too.

Little houses! All of them!

by Anonymousreply 3509/15/2013

More examples please.

by Anonymousreply 3609/16/2013


by Anonymousreply 3709/19/2013

[quote]All we need is a voluntary, free-spirited, open-ended program of procreative racial deconstruction. Everybody just gotta keep fuckin' everybody 'til they're all the same color.

"What we need is a great big melting pot..." It too bad the lyrics are so non-PC in 2013. That song deserves a modern cover.

BLUE MINK - Melting Pot

by Anonymousreply 3809/19/2013


by Anonymousreply 3909/19/2013

Mariah Carey, The Jonas Brothers, Keanu Reeves, Jessica Alba, Wentworth Miller, Jennifer Lopez, Rahida Jones, Kris Humphries, Freddy Prinze Jr, Gisele Bundchen, Ricky Martin, Jack Johnson, Zayn Malik, ... all white.

Halle Berry, Barack Obama, Shemar Moore, Kidada Jones (Rashida's sister sharing both biological parents), Ashton Eaton, Boris Kodjoe, Rick Fox, Tracy Ellis-Ross, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Saldana, Corbin Bleu, Amber Rose, Drake, Tony Parker (despite himself), Lisa Bonet, Jason Kidd are black.

Most Arabs are white: King Abdullah, Bashar Al Asaad, Mohamed Al Fayed, Zidane, Zayn Malik, Casey Kesam, Donna Shalala, Bill Shaheen, Tony Shalhoub, John Abizaid, Steve Jobs, Hoda Kotb, Shannon Elizabeth, Ralph Nader, Paula Abdul, Paul Anka, Frank Zappa, Kathy Najimy, Hala Gorani, Arwa Damon, John Sununu, John Zogby, Wendie Malick, Hedi Slimane are all white.

by Anonymousreply 4009/22/2013

People keep on mentioning who is white and who is black. What I want to know is who are the so-called "white adjacent" people, i.e., the subject of this thread?

by Anonymousreply 4109/22/2013

The Kardashians are white adjacent.

by Anonymousreply 4209/22/2013


I have pondered your question for some time. I think that Mariah Carey is about as "white adjacent" as a person can be.

As for the definition of "white adjacent"... Mariah's father is black. I remember seeing Mariah on "Amateur Night at the Apollo", when she was an unknown, and thinking "How did this white girl get on the show?"

by Anonymousreply 4309/22/2013

Guidos with those yucky spray tans, are they white adjacent?

by Anonymousreply 4409/22/2013


They are "orange adjacent" or "Oompa Loompa adjacent".

by Anonymousreply 4509/22/2013

Got it

by Anonymousreply 4609/22/2013


by Anonymousreply 4703/26/2014

Mariah's father was Venezuelan/African mix, so she's not as black as she trumpets. Her mother is pure white, Mariah is more white than person-of-colored, and she can equally trumpet her Latino card but she chooses her black card instead. J Lo probably threatened Mariah to keep her big white mouth shut in order to be the biggest Latino superstar.

by Anonymousreply 4803/26/2014

The Kardashians, according to another thread.

by Anonymousreply 4905/23/2014

I saw Freddie Smith described as this on another thread. What does it mean?

by Anonymousreply 5009/22/2014

Snooki is alpaca adjacent.

by Anonymousreply 5109/22/2014

Is this a DL-only term like cak or graxy?

by Anonymousreply 5209/24/2014

Nah, I see it on Tumblr and Twitter every once in a while. (See link.)

It basically means someone who is not technically white, but who identifies as white because they look white, or who others often assume are white because of their appearance.

Think George Zimmerman, Rashida Jones, Jessica Alba.

by Anonymousreply 5309/24/2014

I've always seen it to refer to some Asians, those who are affluent, move in mostly white circles, and are only distinguishable from their neighbors and schoolmates by their race. They have all the white privileges without being white.

by Anonymousreply 5409/24/2014

I guess it means white people with a little bit of "flavor" mixed in so they aren't "white-white". White people with dark, swarthy features.

But I guess it could also mean minorities who have very European features. For instance Halle Berry or Vin Diesel.

by Anonymousreply 5509/24/2014

"They have all the white privileges without being white. "

That's not race privilege you're describing, it's class privilege.

And money privilege.

by Anonymousreply 5609/24/2014

It's current term for what had been known for decades as Mulatto.

by Anonymousreply 5709/24/2014

Not as used on DL, R57.

by Anonymousreply 5809/24/2014

Isn't it a place ripe for gentrification, sending the scabrous hordes off to the next neighborhood to destroy and make fit for updoing?

by Anonymousreply 5909/24/2014

[all posts by tedious, racist idiot removed.]

by Anonymousreply 6009/24/2014

It doesn't refer to blacks but rather to what used to be called "ethnics", i.e., non-Anglo Saxons, non-Nordics, non-Germanics, non-Celtics.

by Anonymousreply 6109/24/2014

So, people like GOOP then?

by Anonymousreply 6209/25/2014


by Anonymousreply 6310/10/2014

Luke Pasqualino

by Anonymousreply 6401/06/2015

Term used by immediate neighbors of Betty White when trying to impress their visiting relatives from Omaha.

by Anonymousreply 6501/06/2015


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by Anonymousreply 6809/27/2015

A black guy with a small dick.

by Anonymousreply 6909/27/2015


No that would be Martin himself. That's like the Japs who started the fight with America and are still bitching about getting their asses whooped.

by Anonymousreply 7009/27/2015
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