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US Census Shows That Wealthier Hispanics Identify Themselves as White

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New study finds that more Hispanics are identifying themselves as White. www.blacklikemoi.com

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Reported by April Taylor

Research reported by Pew Research and the New York Times is showing that nearly 1.2 million Americans who identified themselves as “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin,” on the 2000 census have now changed their race identification to “white” on the 2010 census. The astonishing revelation was presented at an annual meeting of the Population Association of America. This is an interesting finding since  mainstream media reveres the Hispani demographic as a growing minority.

While Hispanics were not the only group to answer racial identification categories differently between the 2000 and 2010 census, they do represent the largest shift. Hispanics also represent the country’s fastest growing ethnic group by total number. Researchers believe that this shift is due largely to the fact that race is not considered an immutable characteristic for Hispanics like it is for those who identify as white, black, and Asian-American. The term Hispanic does not actually denote a race. Census forms inquire about race and ethnicity by asking two questions, one about whether a person is of Hispanic or Latino origin and another about racial identification.

Numbers show that 37 percent of those who identified ethnically as Hispanic or Latino chose to identify their racial identity as “some other race.” In addition, researchers found that around 7 percent of those who identified as Hispanic changed their racial identification from “some other race” in the 2000 census, to “white” on the 2010 census.

These new findings suggest that Hispanics may be assimilating in a way similar to Italian and Irish immigrants. An interesting component of this aspect is that while many have long believed that America will become a minority-majority country, with whites becoming the minority, Hispanics choosing to identify as white may mean that this tipping point either does not come as quickly or does not come at all. Another interesting outcome of this assimilation is that research shows that those Hispanics who identify as white have higher levels of education and income.

The intersection of race in America is always a winding one, and it will be interesting to see how the racial identification of Hispanics continues to evolve over time.

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  1. THIS IS THE 1ST ARTICLE I’VE EVER READ THAT HAS ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE. I LIVE IN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, MANHATTAN. WHEN I ATTENDED COLLEGE LIGHT SKINNED PUERTO RICANS AND DOMINICANS TRIED TO PLAY IT OFF LIKE THEY WERE ITALIAN. THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT SOME AFRICAN DESCENDANTS FEEL THAT THERE IS NOTHING ADVANTAGEOUS ABOUT IDENTIFYING WITH YOUR AFRICAN ROOTS. THERE IS NOTHING TO GAIN BY SAYING, ‘I’M BLACK’, WHEN A NATIONALITY COMES FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE. SO I EXPERIENCE THAT IGNORANCE EVERYDAY. PERHAPS ONE DAY ‘SOME’ OF THOSE FOLKS WILL ACCEPT WHO THEY REALLY ARE.

    • “THIS IS THE 1ST ARTICLE I’VE EVER READ THAT HAS ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE. I LIVE IN WASHINGTON HEIGHTS, MANHATTAN. WHEN I ATTENDED COLLEGE LIGHT SKINNED PUERTO RICANS AND DOMINICANS TRIED TO PLAY IT OFF LIKE THEY WERE ITALIAN. THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT SOME AFRICAN DESCENDANTS FEEL THAT THERE IS NOTHING ADVANTAGEOUS ABOUT IDENTIFYING WITH YOUR AFRICAN ROOTS. THERE IS NOTHING TO GAIN BY SAYING, ‘I’M BLACK’, WHEN A NATIONALITY COMES FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE. SO I EXPERIENCE THAT IGNORANCE EVERYDAY. PERHAPS ONE DAY ‘SOME’ OF THOSE FOLKS WILL ACCEPT WHO THEY REALLY ARE.”

      I wouldn’t describe them as “black” but I agree about acknowledging their ancestry is a good thing. I am a white man in NY and I also seldom see this issue discussed. From what I understand, Puerto Ricans and Dominicans have a stronger cultural identity than a so-called “racial” identity. I think that’s a good thing, because we have too much of all this hyper-race-consciousness. But at the same time, I think it is a positive and healthy thing for everyone to acknowledge his/her ancestry without apology.

      I have an African American friend whose wife is of Puerto Rican descent and I think she has a healthy and positive regard for her heritage. She has curly hair and a very light tan complexion. She identifies as Puerto Rican/Latina, but I have heard her claim both Spanish and African ancestry. I never asked for details, but I think she is making an assumption and she clearly embraces her (presumed) African roots.

      She has a girlfriend, also “New York Rican” that I became acquainted with. She has curly hair and is very fair skinned. She also identifies as Puerto Rican/Latina, but she doesn’t claim having African roots, saying she is not aware of it. To be fair, saying she is not aware of it is not exactly the same as denying it. Interestingly, her (ex) husband is African American.

      However, my friend’s wife obviously believes her girlfriend also has African roots, because she described both her friend and herself as having features that are “somewhere between European and African” as she said. To be perfectly honest, I think she is correct. I did think it was interesting she didn’t say a word about having Taino ancestry, LOL.

  2. It does not matter if they are wealthy or in poverty, they do it. I have seen it with my own eyes….a young lady I once knew were signing up to be substitute teachers and I went up first to fill out the electronic questionnaire and have my picture taken. I noticed they only had 3 options for self Identification…..Black White and Asian/Island Pacifier. I wondered which one she would pick since she was more Dominican and actually looked Black. She took her ass right up there and checked White…like it wasn't nothing…….and think about, if a person doesn't fall into one of the categories then of course they will choose white…Italians, Palestinians, even Egyptians…all check white….

  3. No surprises here

  4. Examples of Latinos who identify themselves as white are: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. There are also Blacks who think are Whites: Herman Cain, Allen West, Dr. Carson and Michael Steele. They don’t know FoxNews and Repubs will never nominate them as GOP WH candidates.

  5. Pamela Ramsey-Jones, Puerto Rican girl that liked me in high school told me the same thing!

  6. Teddy Parker ..well just by looking at your picture, Teddy, I think I like you too. 😉

  7. Hispanic is an ethnicity not a race; so yes there are white Hispanics. That said, skin color and social status have been closely tied in Latin America for some time. Not that it doesn't exist here in the US, but seems more entrenched and accepted in Puerto Rico and Latin America-a likely difference is the US Civil Rights movement.

  8. How is this relevant to Black life? The designation changing the category for Latinos to self-identify as "white" occurred with the 2000 Federal Census. You're a bit late folks….

  9. My daughter had a Puerto Rican assistant for two years, had lunch, shopping and visited our family gatherings(her family in PR) and spoke english fluently. Another Puerto Rican was hired and started in my daughters group, suddenly they spoke spanish daily, only english when my daughter was consulted. She no longer had lunch, shopping or visited again. My daughter told them she felt it rude to speak spanish when they both spoke english. Her once friend requested to be transferred out, her and the new woman, were accommodated. Two weeks in their new groups of whites, the grass wasn't greener at all. She met my daughter in the parking lot requesting to come back under her supervision. Those two positions were filled by two beautiful African-Americans females, my daughter groomed both for supervisory positions which both ladies filled upon her retirement. Both PR females left the company shortly after their transfers. Apparently they thought they were better suited with white people. My daughter is beautiful, my wife is African-American and myself Jewish, we grew up in the projects of NY.

  10. Pamela Ramsey-Jones , Of course the light complexioned think themselves as "white"! One vacation in PR, the persons in positions of power I thought were brothers and accepted us with open arms. Those "white Puerto Ricans" are just as treacherous as gentiles!!

  11. Pastori Balele, you are so right about Herman Cain, Allen West, Dr. Carson and Michael Steele what makes them think these gentiles want their Azzes in the WH when our President Obama in my opinion is the most intelligent, down to earth President to occupy the Oval Office. Those previously mentioned, where ignorance is tolerated, intelligence cannot prevail! A.Steinberg, Sr.

  12. This is nothing new; The European colonialists did on job on their heads, infected them with white supremacy toxins; like other groups who come to America, they all carry a sense of 'better than' those Black folk attitude! "Mejorando la raza" means bettering the race; guess how you do that? Yes, you get an education and a good job but you really achieve that goal when you marry someone white or very light skin with 'good hair'! The Portuguese did the same thing to their colonial subjects as did the French and British! In the prison systems across the nation, Latinos are often very hostile to Blacks and often side with the white supremacists against Black inmates! In Los Angeles, there has been hostility and violence directed at Blacks in certain neighborhoods! In the south, where many Hispanics have settled, there is tension between the new arrivals and the indigenous Black population! Here in New York and probably some other cities, there has always been a segment of the Black and Latino communities that have always understood and recognized the DNA relationship between African Americans and Latinos, especially Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Cubans; those who understand this connection are a minority in each group but as Latinos grow in numbers and political power, there is no reason to assume majority will forge alliances with us and there is reason to believe that tensions will continue to increase making political alliances difficult if not impossible! I would love to be wrong on this one!!

  13. Not surprised. However like my dad asked me last night, what do they want to call themselves "Hispanic" "Latinos" or "ethnic group e.g. Mexican"

  14. Not to dispute the fact Hispanic and Latino ethnicities who are identifying as as white but the key world is *wealthier *.., Where if you’d travel thru the stronger Hispanic & Latino communities like Miami, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Diego and examine wealth as an individual process vs a family , community process… I’d admire and respect there are people who’ve haven’t jumped in front of cameras with bling or diva weaves… Where I’m not aware of the white identity statistics, I’ve witnessed their communities self reliance, they’ve established an economy.. The Hispanic & Latino “for-us-by-us”(fubu) initiative has been in quiet full effect for decades and It’s earned respect by those who’ve fell for the Life styles of the rich & famous (front street) mokie-doke…

  15. Pamela Ramsey-Jones
    So what! Being Puerto rican is not a race its a national origin just like being american is.

  16. For the most part its culture and national origin vs anything. The problem with us here is that. We rely on race in our own country. Whereas in their country they may rely on race but as they immigrate to the US they join their countrymen who speaks the same language.

    If you took americans, regular americans black, white, or native american and emigrated to another place. The americans will bond together amongst one another regardless of race.

    All Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Cubans do not have african ancestry!

  17. I’ve always felt Hispanics determine race to identify with by hair texture. Lots of Hispanics, Asians, & Middle Easterners with negroid features & skin color, but because their hair is naturally straight or wavy, they consider themselves that step above blacks, via their attitudes and separation, but with a cap on, no other American would know the difference, because they look black or mixed with black. White America gives them a pass based on this hair texture too.

    Not saying they need to identify with black because of facial features. As far as I know, people like Samoans haven’t a drip of black ancestry but they will make double take and immediately look to the hair roots for answers.

  18. Michelle Cozad LOL! Thanks.

  19. Ahmasi Lloyd; In the historical context, few (if any) Latinos stood side by side with Blacks in the struggle against oppression in America. They were more or less passive sideline observers, but when doors were opened and gains were achieved, they benefited as well.

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