Hispanic : An Individual Of Cuban Essay

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Hispanic: an individual of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish-speaking country culture or origin.
This conception of the word Hispanic is extensive because it includes all people with ties to a Latin American country or country with Spanish culture, while remaining specific by maintaining that that these connections are either through origin or culture.
Every ten years the U.S. government issues the decennial census which collects data about the actual count of people residing in the United States. The census contains questions pertaining to race and ethnicity, and these items are collected as self-identification items. When self-identifying on the census, respondents must choose the race or the races they most closely identify with, while also choosing what ethnic background most closely resembles their own. Hispanic/Latino are used as an umbrella classification in the ethnicity category, and Hispanic/Latino or not Hispanic/Latino are the only available categories on the census for ethnicity. When completing the census, respondents must choose from the ethnic and racial categories defined by The U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The OMB defines Latino or Hispanic as, “a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race, “ (“About-About Hispanic Origin”).
A standard issued by the OMB in October 1997, requires that government agencies list, “race and…

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