U.S. Census Bureau rethinks Hispanic on questionnaire

U.S. Census rethinks Hispanic on questionnaire

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Hispanics may become a race of their own in the U.S. Census — a major change that some Latino advocacy groups are opposing.

Currently, the Census considers Hispanic not a race but an ethnic background. Hispanics can be of any race, and Hispanic origin is asked on Census forms in a question separate from the one about race.

Latino civil rights groups don’t embrace the change because they like the separate ethnicity question, which offers check-off boxes for national origins such as Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican.

The format under consideration allows everyone to list a national origin under the race selected, whether it’s Irish, Guatemalan, Somalian or Jamaican — something not currently available to blacks and whites who are not Hispanic.

Combining the Hispanic question with race “conforms much better to the way people see themselves,” says Roderick Harrison, a demographer at Howard University and former head of the Census racial statistics branch.

Former Census director Kenneth Prewitt, a Columbia University professor, argues that the Census Bureau should just stop asking about race. That would not affect the enforcement of voting rights and other civil rights, he says.

“We ought to get rid of the race question and go to national origin,” he says — an argument he makes in his upcoming book, What Is Your Race?The Flawed Effort of the Census to Classify Americans.

“That’s what the country needs — not these 18th-century-old race groups,” Prewitt says.

Read the whole story at USA Today

Video: CNN- Hispanics may become a race of their own in the U.S. Census


Census 2020 Hispanic to be a race


1. How many single ethnic groups do you know of in the United States that includes: blacks, whites, Amerindians/mestizos, Asians and those of mixed races as a single ethnic group?

Well, the U.S. Census does not consider one as a single ethnic group if they speak English regardless of one’s race. The U.S. Census does not consider people who speak English that  have European surnames (other than Spanish and Portuguese) as a single ethnic group.

The U.S. Census does not consider one as a single ethnic group if they speak French regardless of one’s race.

But, the U.S. Census oddly considers people who speak Spanish or have a Spanish surname who are: black, white, Amerindian/mestizo, Asian and those of mixed races as a single ethnic group if they come from Latin America. These are called Hispanics. The U.S. Census even expands this so called ethnic group by adding those from Brazil as the greater Latino ethnic community. Yet, these people are of different races and are of different ethnic groups even in their countries of origin.

Why are they suddenly lumped together as a single ethnic group once they come to the United States?

What is so special about one who speaks Spanish or has a Spanish surname in the United States?

2. Do black Cubans, white Cubans, white Chileans, black Dominicans, white Dominicans, black Puerto Ricans, white Puerto Ricans, Amerindian/mestizo Mexican, white Mexicans, black Mexicans, Asian Mexicans, Amerindian Columbians, black Panamanians, black Venezuelans, white Venezuelan, Amerindian Venezuelan, Amerindian Colombians, etc., share the same single ethnic group and same race, according to how the U.S. Census defines race and ethnic group? The U.S. Census states YES.

Does this make make sense to you?

If these groups above do share such a shared classification such as a single ethnic group or in the future a single race……then why don’t those who speak English that are: African American/black and those who are Irish American/white, German American/white, Italian American/white, Japanese American/Asian, Chinese American/Asian, Native American/American Indian, etc all share one single race or ethnic group?

  • Hispanic/Latino is not an ethnic group and it is not a race. Hispanic/Latino is place of origin only.
  • African Americans/blacks still are the single largest race/ethnic group in the United States after European Americans/whites
  • Amerindians/Native Americans/American Indians/mesitzos (Indigenous People of the Americas) are the nation’s fastest growing population for the first time since the colonization of what is now the United States and are currently the 3rd largest population group living in the United States after European Americans and African Americans.


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