Racial Identity And Gender Identity Essay

1210 Words Nov 25th, 2015 5 Pages
Every U.S. census ever since the first one that was conducted in 1790 has encompassed questions concerning the racial identity thus reflecting the vital role of race in the history of America from the period of slavery to present headlines highlighting racial profiling and inequalities. But the methods in which race is examined and categorized have transformed from one census to another and the determination to quantify the multiracial populace are still evolving. The Hispanic/Latino communities in the U.S have remained distinct because of it multiracial nature (Anderson& Stephan1999).
Some variances are obvious in the Hispanic and Latino population today which encompass skin color and appearance, but others factors are more elusive and harder to identify. The effects of each group 's varied history, the merging of races and ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, the issue of classifications, and the fight for survival and contentment, all play a part in dividing these groups. Latinos and Blacks are of diverse ethnicities, colors and nationalities; this complication challenges their use of language. All black Latinos are of the African diaspora and they possess their African heritage. The idea of not being white translating to being less of a full resident might lead some to consider that this would result in a mass denial of one’s background and self-loathing for the fact of not being a member of the main group. However, a survey carried out in Mexico found out that in spite…

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