The fact that people have generally rejected racial determinism by saying that an individual is not necessarily possessed of some negative trait because he belongs to a particular ascriptive racial category doesn’t mean that people have rejected the idea that he is likely to be possessed of some negative trait because he belongs to that group or is perceived to belong to that group. Tanya Hernandez refers to this as the “Latin Americanization” of race in the United States, referring to how racial inequality in the United States is beginning to operate the way it has historically in much of Latin America, where, while it is not deterministic and not shaped by a rigid system of classification and articulated ideology, it is nonetheless widespread and demonstrable through economic stratification, aesthetics, and bigotry.

– Imani Perry, More Beautiful and More Terrible: The Embrace and Transcendence of Racial Inequality in the United States (2011)

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