Latinos Deny Their Own Ethnicity

From the University of Southern California News:

A study by sociology professors Amon Emeka and Jody Agius Vallejo at the University of Southern California, found that increasingly people of Spanish/Hispanic/Latino ethnicity did not identify as such in the a 2006 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the findings 2.5 million, or 6%, of those who fit the description did not check the box, as a result “a correct analysis of Hispanic achievement and mobility in America is undermined.” The study found that “non-Hispanic identification was most common among U.S.-born Latin Americans, respondents with mixed ancestries, those who speak only English and those who identify themselves on the race question as black  or Asian.” However, the discrepancy can also be attributed to confusion about the terms race, ethnicity, and ancestry. Furthermore, studies show that those of mixed race background are usually pressured to identify with only one race. For example, in the 2010 Census survey, President Barack Obama did not identity himself as multiracial or white, but as black, despite being half white, half black. The professors caution future researches to keep this data discrepancy in mind when conducting research on Latino/Hispanic populations in the US.


About dmgonzalez12

Dartmouth College, Class of 2012 A.B., East Asian Studies

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