Hispanic And Hispanic Culture : The United States Government Came Up With The Word Of Race

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In 1970, the United States government came up with the word to describe a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. This is a word we are all familiar with when it comes to referring to this group of people. This word is “Hispanic.” At the present time, the United States Census Bureau defines race in five categories and does not specifically define Hispanic with a category of its own. The categories include: white or Caucasian, black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Native American or Alaska Native and lastly Asian. The Census in 2010 was the first time the questions asked if a person was Spanish, Hispanic or Latino. The Census Bureau believes that people who tend to identify themselves as Hispanic, Latino or Spanish may be from any race. The word “Latino” is gaining acceptance more and more throughout the Hispanic community, as it reflects the origin of the population in Latin America. Both words are said to be interchangeable. According to the textbook, “Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the USA,” by Richard T. Schaefer, the five most distinctive subgroups are: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban, Dominican, and Salvadoran. A person that is considered Hispanic can come from many different backgrounds. They are defined as persons of countries such Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Central and South American, as well as places like Spain and Portugal.…

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