Sunflower County, MS -- “Are Lebanese white people?" we asked 71-year-old Ned Holder, a former sheriff here. "Yes," he said, "although they’re real dark." How about Italian Catholics; are they white? Sure. And Jews? Yes. What about the Chinese? "Yes," he said, "they go to the white schools." And Mexicans? "They’re becoming more white. More of them are getting an education."
Then what’s a white person, we asked? After some confusion over the meaning of the question, he concluded that it was probably anybody "who isn’t black."