When Is A New Yorker A Real New Yorker?

  • September 13, 2021

By now, you’ve probably heard the term “New Yorker,” which means someone who lives in a big city, who’s passionate about a particular topic or hobby, who speaks up for others, or who enjoys being a part of a large community. 

In fact, the word is so ubiquitous that we can now take it for granted. 

It’s an ideal for describing anyone who lives and works in a major metropolitan area. 

But is it really that? 

The New Yorker isn’t always right. 

People of color are still denied entry into elite colleges, the media is predominantly white and male, and the wealthy still dominate. 

So who is the new American? 

What does the word mean, and how does it change in everyday life? 

For example, if you were a white male living in New York City, you might find yourself being referred to as a “New York” New Yorker. 

The new definition would probably include you. 

For black people, however, the term is more complex. 

Black New Yorkers have always been defined by their ethnicity. 

“New York is not a city,” said Lili Doss, a senior lecturer at the University of Central Florida and author of the forthcoming book “The New York Black Experience: The Color of Identity in the Age of Colorblindness.” 

It is a city. 

There are no white New Yorkers. 

No black New Yorkers either. 

A New Yorker is someone who is from New York. 

You can see the difference in the word usage: New York City means black, but it also means white, brown, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or someone who speaks with a Southern accent. 

That definition does not necessarily reflect a person’s race or ethnicity.

In fact, people of color have historically been more likely to identify as New York New Yorkers than white New York people. 

This is because the city’s white population has been declining since the 1970s. 

And while New Yorkers are more likely than other Americans to say they identify as white, white New Yorker have become more diverse in the past 20 years. 

If you want to be a “new” New Yorker, you have to be someone who’s from the city, and New York is the most visible symbol of white identity in the United States. 

Because New Yorkers were once white, they have become increasingly diverse in recent decades. 

Take the word “Newyork.” 

In 2016, the New York Times declared that “New Yorkers are now the fastest-growing racial group in the U.S. as they become more Americanized, and that the number of New Yorkers who identify as ‘white’ is at a historic high.” 

According to Pew Research Center, New Yorkers today make up the largest racial group among American adults. 

More than 50 percent of New York residents identified as white. 

According the New Yorker, New York means “New york” and New Yorkers now make up a significant chunk of the city.

In 2017, Pew found that in New England, the percentage of people identifying as white increased by a whopping 30 percent. 

Newyorks white population is growing at a rate that’s outpacing the growth of New Yorkers overall population. 

Is it the New Jersey New Yorker who’s really changing? 

No. 

However, New Jersey has seen a rapid increase in the number and diversity of New yorkers over the past five years. 

 “We’ve seen a dramatic increase in diversity in New Jersey,” said Doss. 

Some New Jerseyers are coming to the state from other states. 

Many have moved from cities and are staying put in New Brunswick. 

Others have moved to other parts of the state. 

They have no reason to leave New Jersey, and they’ve become more tolerant and accepting of people of other races. 

These newcomers, she said, have brought their own unique cultural and social differences to New Jersey. 

Although New Jersey’s white residents have experienced a significant decline in the last few decades, Newyork’s whites are experiencing a dramatic rise in the same time frame. 

While Newyorks overall white population was down by 20 percent from 2012 to 2016, its percentage of Newyorists was up by 32 percent, according to the Pew Research Group. 

Even though the percentage has remained steady, New yorks white minority population has increased by over 2 percent.

“Newyorism is a new word, but the word itself has always been used to describe a white person who lives or works in the city,” explained Doss in a recent conversation. 

What about those who don’t identify with New York or New Jersey? 

There’s still a great deal of confusion around the definition of “Newyer,” she said. 

One of the main problems, she explained, is that the term hasn’t been defined correctly. 

 “People have been referring to someone as a ‘Newy’