Study: Hispanics Are Increasingly Identifying Themselves as White
The increase of the Hispanic population is nothing new. As a matter of fact, it’s been reported that Hispanics will outnumber Whites in the United States in the future. But a new study is reporting that more Hispanics have begun identifying themselves as White.
In a report published by Pew Research, about 1.2 million Americans of the 35 million Americans identified in 2000 as “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin” changed their race from “some other race” to “white” between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, The New York Times reported from the Population Association of America.
Even though the researchers haven’t published their recent findings, they’ve discovered that many people answered the question with regards to race and ethnicity differently in 2000 and 2010.
Because Hispanics do not constitute a race, the question on the census asked whether individuals are of Hispanic or Latin origin in addition to asking them to choose a race. With so many Hispanics unsatisfied with answering White or Black, many selected ‘some other race.’ The research also concluded that 2.5 million Americans of Hispanic origin, or approximately 7 percent of the 35 million Americans of Hispanic origin in 2000, changed their race from “some other race” in 2000 to “white” in 2010. An additional 1.3 million people switched in the other direction.
It’s important to note that many Hispanics who experienced discrimination were less likely to identify themselves as white.