“2010 U.S. Census: an Attempt to Undermine the Decreasing White Population in Order to Propagate the Continuing Notion of a White Majority by Racially Dividing the Latino Family” Essay

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The question of what it means to be White or a person of color in the United States is an issue as old as the country itself. Being considered White in the U.S. has given those whom are seen as White a privilege and senses of superiority over people whom are not considered White. Much of US history has been based on the systematic oppression of many groups of people for the benefit of the so called White race. The enslavement of Blacks, to the genocide of Indigenous peoples, and the US imperialistic policies toward Latin America and the ideology of manifest destiny continues to have an influence on American political and racial structure. Based on such a racial history the U.S. government has taken a census of its population, and since 1790 it has asked the “race question”. Throughout its history different racial categories have been added and omitted from the race question on the census. For example “Mexican” was listed as a specific racial category in 1930. Mulatto was also listed as a racial category till the 1930’s. The 2010 census for the race question gives several options of what race one may choose. These choices are White, Black/African-American/Negro, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian or other. One racial group the 2010 census omits is the option for Latin Americans to choose “Latino/Hispanic” as a race. The census not only omits the option to choose Latino/Hispanic as a race but it also specifically states that “For this Census Latino/Hispanic is not a race”. The Census insists that Latin Americans choose one or more of the other basic racial categories listed on the Census form rather then allow Latin Americans to choose Latino/Hispanic as their race which is what most Latinos identify there race as. Excluding Latinos as a legitimate racial option has caused much confusion and anger among the Latino community. As Carlos Chardon,

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