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Census 2020: No consensus on how to count Hispanics, Arab-Americans

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Until now, Hispanic identification has been a separate ethnicity question. Those who check off that box are asked to identify what race they are among five — white, black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian or Native Hawaiian/other Pacific island.


But a growing number of people don’t identify with any of the race categories, and 6.2 percent chose “some other race” in 2010. Hispanics accounted for more than 18.5 million of the 19 million people who checked “some other race” to describe themselves.


The Census Bureau has been conducting tests and is now considering combining race and ethnicity questions. “Many researchers very much believe that Hispanic is not a race and must remain a separate ethnicity because they believe Hispanics are of many races,” said Terri Ann Lowenthal, a consultant to the Leadership Conference and author of “Race and Ethnicity in the 2020 Census: Improving Data to Capture a Multiethnic America,” a report released Monday.


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Should Latino be a Race? Part 1 of 7 - A Brief History of the Census

Multiracial Americans President Thomas Lopez delivers a talk on changing the Census categories to allow Latino to become a race. In this episode, the talk is...
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Growing up ’50-50′ in Santa Fe

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Novelist Sandra Ramos O'Briant, in an article posted on the Huffington Post's Latino Voices section, weighs in on growing up in Santa Fe
Novelist Sandra Ramos O’Briant, in an article posted on the Huffington Post’s Latino Voices section, weighs in on growing up in Santa Fe “50/50″ – Anglo and Hispanic.
She’s the author of “The Sandoval Sisters’ Secret of Old Blood,” which won International Latino Book Awards for Best Historical Fiction and Best First Book in 2013. The book is about New Mexico sisters caught up in the Mexican-American war.
Her piece in the Huffington Post, part of a “tag” blog about diversity in literature by a series of writers, is headlined “Bullied: Diversity, Differentiation, Distinction.”

“In Santa Fe, New Mexico, I attended barrio schools and was bullied for my O’Briant surname. My classmates refused to believe my mom was Latina. Being a 50/50 was not easy. Diversity is a term I embrace, and not just ethnically. I hate being stereotyped and having my choices restricted, not only in my life, but in the lives I create for my characters.It begins:
“Most of my characters have been set apart from others in some way. A bullied child is an isolated child, and reading was my escape … . What I learned is that there is more that humans have in common with one another than what racially, ethnically or culturally separates us. The kids who bullied me acted out of ignorance that had been passed down for generations. I was lonely, but gained strength from my isolation; I learned to make my own path.”
O’Briant, born in 1949, then introduces her novel and continues:
“That’s the long way of saying that I began my historical research to answer the burning question that had so cruelly affected my youth: Why did the Latino kids in Santa Fe hate Anglos, especially Texans?
“Answering this question led to an examination of war, class, education, the role of women, religion and superstition during the Mexican-American War. Santa Fe, N.M., an area now known as an artistic and tourist mecca, was the first foreign capital conquered by the U.S. It had a profound impact on the people there.”
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9 Things You Didn't Know About Miss USA Nia Sanchez

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Nia Sanchez, 24, was crowned the most beautiful woman in the United States on Sunday night, but this is one beauty queen who packs a punch -- and a kick.


3) She’s Hispanic.
The newly crowned Miss USA is “half Hispanic,” according to her profile. In fact, Nia said that she made it a point to travel to Mexico on mission trips when she was growing up. The 24-year-old model is one of the few Latinas to have won the crown in the history of Miss USA, Mexican-born actress Laura Herring was the first in 1985.
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Will Today’s Hispanics Be Tomorrow’s Whites?

Will Today’s Hispanics Be Tomorrow’s Whites? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The Trayvon Martin shooting was hardly in the national consciousness before fault lines emerged around the case. Was Martin as innocent as he seemed? Did Zimmerman fear for his life? Did Martin provoke the incident? Was Zimmerman a racist? Perhaps most controversial among all of these was the question of...
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At first I thought Jamelle Bouie was off base -- conflating ethnicity with race, but he has a point. Is 'White' a culture or a race?
This is the first I've heard of the theory of Hispanic becoming White. 
Steven Riley (of Mixed Race Studies) has mentioned to me that it seems 'Asian' may merge into the White category.
Some say that many Asian Americans out 'white' the Whites. So then, is White more of a culture? I would say a culture because many white's don't even think of themselves as a race - just human - raceless. We all certainly have our cultures but we don't think about race so much unless forced to when filling out the census or school applications, or in academics. 
-Glenn Robinson
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'NEGRO': exploring identity and the color complex among Latinos

'NEGRO': exploring identity and the color complex among Latinos | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
'NEGRO' is a docu-series exploring identity, colonization, racism and the African Diaspora in Latin America and the Caribbean and the color complex among Latin…
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What's My Big Mix - George. Los Angeles, CA

For The Big Mix multicultural festival. Submitted stories by blended people and families. To upload your own mixed/blended story, go to TheBigMix.org or cont...
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Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), she of the unibrow, is a Mexican painter best known for her unforgettable self-portraits. She was the wife of Diego Rivera, another famous Mexican artist. European painters...
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Diaspora Dialogues: We Are Familia

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Last month, I had the chance to connect with writer/creator James Jones about his amazing project "We Are Familia".   As a writer myself, I was really excited to connect with the creator of the sho...
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Miss Universe: Gabriella Isle

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On November 9, 2013, Gabriela Isler made history when she was named Miss Universe, becoming the seventh woman from Venezuela to bring home the crown.

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Millions of Americans changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to the next

Millions of Americans changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to the next | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Americans of mixed race, American Indians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics were among those most likely to check different boxes.
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The New York Times and NPR Are Still Clueless About Latinos - Alisa Valdes

The New York Times and NPR Are Still Clueless About Latinos - Alisa Valdes | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The NY Times continues to pretend Afro Latinos don’t exist.
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Latino & Interracial Relationships: Is There Still a Stigma?

Latino & Interracial Relationships: Is There Still a Stigma? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Non-Hispanic and Hispanic interracial opposite-sex married couples are the most prominent of all interracial coupling, making up about 45% of such partnerships.
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Genomics in Patients with Hispanic ancestry

"Pharmacogenomics in the global landscape: Pharmacogenetics and Ethnicity

Speaker: Adrian Llerena, CHMP-Pharmacogenomics Working Party member

Workshop on Pharmacogenomics: from science to clinical care (8 October 2012)"

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This video covers some of the controversial topics within Critical Mixed Race Studies. 

The video is also interesting in what it leaves out. Toward the beginning of the video he shows a map of the world and supposedly does not include the U.S. as having Hispanic Latinos. That's just too funny, but in a sad ignorant way. 

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Community Village Sites's comment, January 21, 2013 3:41 AM
At the very end of the video: "We need to do more research on these people in order to help them." - Re: Amerindians | Has he asked them if they want to be researched?