Millions of Afro-Latinos say they are white, US Census data shows
Jhe U.S. census can be a tedious task, but it not only helps local governments know exactly who they serve, but also gives all Americans a sense of the racial distribution in our beautifully diverse nation.
A surprising result that came from the 2020 census showed that 1/3 of Afro-Latinos – this fraction translates to just over 6 million – do not in fact identify as Hispanic, choosing instead to choose White, Black or even “another race”.
The results come from the Pew Research Center (see above), with many Afro-Latinos making the decision based on their physical characteristics such as race, skin tone and country of origin, to name a few factors.
Pew Senior Researcher Ana Gonzalez-Barrera spoke with AZ Center on the results and found the multi-million figure to be “a significant number”, adding in his original Pew report: “The multiple dimensions of Latino identity reflect Latin America’s long colonial history, during which mixing occurred between Native Americans, white Europeans, Asians, and slaves from Africa. During Latin America’s colonial period, about 15 times more African slaves were taken to Spanish and Portuguese colonies than to the United States. About 130 million people of African descent live in Latin America and represent about a quarter of the region’s total population, according to recent estimates by the Project on Ethnicity and Race in Latin America (PERLA) at the University of Princeton.
More on these intriguing findings below, via Pew Research Center:
“The racial groups that Afro-Latinos identify with can be varied and diverse. When asked about their race on a Census Bureau-style question, about three in 10 Afro-Latinos chose White as their race, 25% chose Black, and 23% selected “some other race,” according to the Center’s survey. A further 16% selected multiple races, while only 1% said they were Asian. Afro-Latinos who did not identify as Latino were more likely than those who identified that way to label Black as their race (59% vs. 17%).
When asked how people would describe them as they walked past them on the street, Afro-Latinos who identified as Hispanic or Latino were more likely than other Latinos to say they would be considered multiracial or mixed-race ( 12% versus 4%) or Black (7% versus 1%), according to another Pew Research Center survey of Latino adults conducted in March 2021. In contrast, Afro-Latinos were less likely than other Latinos to say that they would be considered white (7% vs. .19%). »
The data also reveals why some Afro-Latinos might choose against their Hispanic heritage, ranging from the “internal racism” of other Latinos who might have lighter skin tones or simply being criticized for speaking Spanish. They also credited the Black Lives Matter movement with why choosing Black is also so popular.
Overall, let’s just do better to make everyone feel welcome in this world, regardless of racial background.
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Millions of Afro-Latinos say they are white, US Census data was originally published on blackamericaweb.com