More Hispanics Are Declaring Themselves "White"

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Which race did you check off on the U.S. Census? A new study on census forms has found that more Hispanics are now identifying as "white."

According to The New York Times, an estimated 1.2 million Americans of the 35 million Americans identified in 2000 as of “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin,” as the census form puts it, changed their race from “some other race” to “white” between the 2000 and 2010 censuses.

Slate reports that assimilation, intermarriage, and upward mobility are most likely the reasons why some Hispanics choose to identify as “white,” even as they hold on to their cultural heritage.

The census form asks two questions about race and ethnicity: one about whether individuals are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and another about race. Hispanic is not a race, according to the census. Researchers found that while many Hispanics were dissatisfied with options like “white” or “black,” and opted to select “some other race” in 2000, that changed in the 2010 census.

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