White people from Europe (Euro-Americans) have also had a hard time trying to win their right to be treated as white in the USA. For instance, Jews faced a wave of antisemitic sentiment in the country in the 1920s-1930s, with a widespread theory positioning Jews as a “different” race (Euro Americans). They were the primary victims of race science of the early 20th century, justifying Holocaust and trying to single out inferior European races.
However, due to being white and Caucasian, Jews quickly managed to assimilate in the WWII aftermath due to their social mobility, high level of education, and belonging to the middle class. Thus, their historical situation in the USA has always been radically different from that of people of color.
The Caucasian genotype and middle-class status accelerated the Jewish assimilation that had never been possible for people of color, intentionally kept at the bottom of the social hierarchy.
Analyzing the statement above, one can see how a CBR frame minimizes race issues in the USA. The speaker talks in a way that suggests that he knows the problems a specific group faces, interprets them the way he deems correct and asserts that they can be solved.
The solution is working hard, which is the misleading core position of CBR – trying to explain racial inequality with race-neutral factors. In other words, the speaker denies the existence of race issues because he believes that all problems faced by Black people stem from their laziness.
The speaker’s statement is reinforced by persuasive devices like associating oneself with a minority group. If the speaker’s wife is Hispanic, he assumes to possess first-hand knowledge about all problems and issues faced by this ethnic group.
Besides, the speaker impudently implies that all Hispanic people are like his wife; they are a homogeneous group sharing similar traits and identical problems. Thus, in this statement, one can trace a debilitating CBR frame of naturalization and the use of pan-ethnic racial labels for all Hispanic people.