Racial Identities Of Hispanics And Hispanics Essay

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During the 1900’s people from all different countries began moving to the United States. Some of these immigrants had a harder time than others. Hispanics and Latinos from Mexico and Latin American countries began to immigrate to the United States, and with that came racial identities that they had to deal with. For example, they had and continue to have classification issues among their race, so on the census they are classified as some other race (Hispanic Population, Pg. 15). According to the 2010 Census, 308.7 million people lived in the United States and on April 1, 2010, 50.5 million were of Hispanic or Latino origin (Hispanic Population, Pg. 2). Not only were there 50.5 million Hispanics or Latinos in 2010, but that number is continuing to grow. Two factors that influence the racial identities of Hispanics and Latinos are skin color and language. Also, two factors that influence racial identities within their community are gender and which generation they belong to. To begin with, as we seen in the racial identities section of our class, skin color has a lot to do with racial identities. It not only assigns racial identities to African Americans, but it assigns racial identities to Hispanics and Latinos too. Because Hispanics and Latinos are of all different skin colors, they tend to refer to themselves as different names, such as Moreno, dark, bronze, olive, or chocolate, but they will not refer to themselves as white (Garcia, Pg. 104). They refer to…

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