POLL: How Do You Identify Racially?

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2010 census results are in and there was one incredibly interesting new trend in Puerto Rico. For the first time ever, the number of Puerto Ricans identifying themselves solely as black or American Indian jumped about 50 percent in the last decade. This is a marked shift from previous census results.

“It truly breaks with a historic pattern,” Jorge Duany, an anthropology professor at the University of Puerto Rico told the Associated Press.

This may signify a new era of racial consciousness, not just for the Caribbean nation but for Latin Americans on the whole. The total number of respondents who identified themselves as solely White dropped eight percentage points, or about 76 percent of the total population. There was a a 52 percent increase in those identifying as Black, and an almost 49 percent increase in those identifying as American Indian.

Barbara Abadia-Rexach, a 30-year-old sociology and anthropology professor at the University of Puerto Rico told the AP, “There is no authentic or pure race. We are all mixed.”

This got us thinking about how you, our readers racially identify yourselves and how you chose to for the 2010 census. So tell us:

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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