More Hispanics Declaring Themselves White

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    Hispanics are often described as driving up the nonwhite share of the population. But a new study of census forms finds that more Hispanics are identifying as white.

    An estimated net 1.2 million Americans of the 35 million Americans identified in 2000 as of “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin,” as the census form puts it, changed their race from “some other race” to “white” between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, according to research presented at an annual meeting of the Population Association of America and reported by Pew Research.

    The researchers, who have not yet published their findings, compared individual census forms from the 2000 and 2010 censuses. They found that millions of Americans answered the census questions about race and ethnicity differently in 2000 and 2010. The largest shifts were among Americans of Hispanic origin, who are the nation’s fastest growing ethnic group by total numbers.

    Race is an immutable characteristic for many white, black and Asian-Americans. It is less clear for Americans of Hispanic origin. The census form asks two questions about race and ethnicity: one about whether individuals are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and another about race. “Hispanics” do not constitute a race, according to the census, and so 37 percent of Hispanics, presumably dissatisfied with options like “white” or “black,” selected “some other race.”

    The researchers found that 2.5 million Americans of Hispanic origin, or approximately 7 percent of the 35 million Americans of Hispanic origin in 2000, changed their race from “some other race” in 2000 to “white” in 2010. An additional 1.3 million people switched in the other direction. A noteworthy but unspecified share of the change came from children who weren’t old enough to fill out a form in 2000, but chose for themselves in 2010.

    The data also call into question whether America is destined to become a so-called minority-majority nation, where whites represent a minority of the nation’s population. Those projections assume that Hispanics aren’t white, but if Hispanics ultimately identify as white Americans, then whites will remain the majority for the foreseeable future.

    White identification is not necessarily a sign that Hispanics consider themselves white. Many or even most might identify their race as “Hispanic” if it were an explicit option. But white identification may still be an indicator of assimilation. White identifiers are likelier to be second- and third-generation Hispanics than foreign-born and noncitizen Hispanics. They also have higher levels of education and income. The researchers’ data did not show the country of origin of the families of those people who shifted their identification.

    The results are a strong sign that fears of a unique “Hispanic challenge,” where Hispanics immigrants might remain as a permanent Spanish-speaking underclass, are overblown.

    In that regard, the census numbers are not new: There is mounting evidence that Hispanics are succeeding in American society at a pace similar to that of prior waves of European immigrants.
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    Meh. I notice that some ethnic folks with lighter shades like to hop on the , "I'm white!" train. I dunno really much else to chime on this about. I'm not to well versed. Like you how some Brazilians can be "fair-skinned" and will readily say they are white before they are black. I wanna be vain for a few sentences & say that Afro+any race is sexy. That dark skin, strong facial features.. I know that some Hispanic folks are very racist (the fair skinned ones) & will deny anything relating to "Blackness".

    I guess that's like light-skinned Black Americans clamming they mixed...

    Interesting post. I'll have to look more into this.
     
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    A large portion of Hispanics actually are white though. Also alot of them aren't expicitly brown or black in skin tone/facial features so they assimilate. I don't blame them in this racist society. Get every advantage you can. It only works if you look like Ricky Martin though. I bet there still be some Hispanic folks looking like George Lopez and Sammy Sosa thinking they white smh. They don't want to acknowledge their Native American/African blood.
     
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    I agreed with BrentForays up until that last part. I have no proof that there are darker skinned Hispanics identifying as white, especially with the goal of trying to get perks in a "racist society", but Hispanic isn't a race. It's an ethnicity. Racially, they are white, or black, or native, or some of them are other races. So, they're right to identify as white to question of race.
     
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    I hate to be the type of dude who says, "I told you so." But, I told you so. I've said this would happen many times before. It's only a matter of time before all those lighter skin Latinos(Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio types) get officially counted as white. But negros like dummies go all out for "immigrant rights." They march, protest, and sing in support of "open borders" illegal immigration and these same Latinos they bend over backwards to help will spit in black folks and call us niggers all while beating you out of jobs, soaking up what little resources there are in minority schools, getting better interest rates for houses and cars, getting business loans and more political power while we don't get shit. In another 20 or 30 years the so-called "brown America" alot of the negro activist class thought was gonna have their back will spitting in their face thanks to the new white status granted them by the government just like all the other previous waves of immigrants like Irish, Italians, etc. You watch. I told you so.
     
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    Mestizos do look more tanned whites than blacks, so I can go for that....but I'm pretty sure ladies in Stormfront won't approve, lol!

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    I don't think there's any surprise there tho. White Latinos have been coming here from Cuba and Puerto Rico assimilating for generations. The bottom line is green, and those w the green are the group that everyone wants to be down with.

    Hell, since back during slavery, even other black ppl havent wanted to be black. From the mulattos trying to be a separate race then, to generations later when 'Jack and Jill' was being established as a networking tool to keep wealthy, light skinned kids marrying each other, no one has wanted to be associated w black.

    It goes without saying that had history shown a reverse in power, everyone would be clamoring to claim blackness.
     
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