Changing Race: Latinos, the Census and the History of by Clara Rodriguez

By Clara Rodriguez

Latinos are the quickest becoming inhabitants staff within the United States.Through their language and well known track Latinos are making their mark on American tradition as by no means sooner than. because the usa turns into Latinized, how will Latinos healthy into America's divided racial panorama and the way will they outline their very own racial and ethnic id? via strikingly unique historic research, vast own interviews and a cautious exam of census facts, Clara E. Rodriguez exhibits that Latino id is strangely fluid, situation-dependent, and continuously altering. She illustrates how the way in which Latinos are defining themselves, and refusing to outline themselves, represents a strong problem to America's procedure of racial type and American racism.

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Critical to the racialization process was the belief that there was always some “other” group to which one was superior. Indeed, this process has been an effective means of protecting the status quo because it made it difficult to understand and pursue areas of common interest and resulted in divide-and-conquer outcomes. Imputed and Self-Defined Race for Latinos Latinos—and many other groups—come to the United States with different views of race and with their own racial hierarchies. The relation of these people’s racialization to their hierarchies in the United States has not been widely studied.

For example, where one lives (or can live) influences early educational options and social, political, and personal networks. These, in turn, affect subsequent educational opportunities, which influence scores on tests, which influence educational options and outcomes. In addition, although the lack of preemployment skills is often mentioned as a reason for Hispanics’ lower incomes, there has been little systematic or scientific research on whether Hispanics as a whole have fewer preemployment skills.

Terms like Afro-Latino, black Cuban, and black Panamanian are now common, and some Latinos celebrate their African roots. Others focus on their Amerindian or indigenous component, while still others see themselves only as white or mixed or identify themselves only ethnically. A Dominican student of mine told me that each of her and her husband’s children claimed a different identity. So they had one black child, one white child, and one Dominican child. Each of the children had different friends and tastes.

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