White Christian male here. Who thinks of themselves based on something like their profession before things so existential as race or gender?To which Billare responded:
Exactly. This is precisely how I find most whites think of themselves, which makes for a much better civic culture, since such framing is more malleable and less existential.There is good reason for the presumption. Current occupation is one of the ten possible descriptors from which GSS respondents were asked to identify as most important in describing themselves. Among white men, 50.6% of included it among the top three, compared to 36.2% of non-white men.
As the West becomes increasingly multiracial, identifiers will become less malleable. The uniform you wear will be subjugated in importance to the skin you wear.