Are Hispanic and Latino racial categories? Well, according the US Census they’re not. And with good reason! Just like the US, Latin America has an incredibly complex racial history and latinx in America represent this highly varied background. Of course this reality makes talking about race, ethnicity and whiteness in America even more confusing! So we enlisted the help of Kat Lazo to break it all down.
Egyptians, Ethiopians, Hispanics and even Afro Indians and other non-caucasian groups are often counted as white, creating the illusion that white people are a vast majority. In fact, a report has declared that most “true” Latinos actually identify as Black. However, when they check racial category on forms and choose to identify as Latin due to their heritage, they are often included as white. The truth is, by skewing these statistics your government is able to create the illusion of a dominant white supreme system more easily. Numbers are very convincing. In some countries, Afro Latino’s are not legally able to identify as Afro Latino’s. This is something that is being corrected because we live in a period of time where oppressed people are speaking out more than ever about how they identify.