White students' lives looking more like immigrants, prof writes

Héctor Tobar

The experiences of many white college students, even in places as heavily Caucasian as the Northwest, resemble more and more the lives led by many whose immediate roots are in foreign soil, writes UO journalism professor Héctor Tobar in the New York Times.

In an op-ed in The Times’ opinion pages, Tobar talks about the “unspoken theme” of class struggle that runs through much of the writing he sees from his students, most of whom are white. He has begun to see parallels between their experiences and whose families are more recent immigrants.

“These days, economic forces are conspiring to make the stories of many of my white Oregon students more similar to those of my Latino students,” Tobar writes. “Both tell tales of small towns and overworked parents, about feeling like outsiders and battling class discrimination.”

For the full article, see “My Lesson from White America” in the Oct. 10 issue of The New York Times.