Target: United States Census Bureau
Goal: End the use of the “Latino” label in broad identification of various races making up the American community
Fifty-one percent of all individuals who currently make up the group described as “Latino” in the United States describe themselves through familial origin in place of attributing themselves to one blanket term. Under twenty-one percent of these individuals actually use the word “Hispanic” or “Latino” to identify themselves. This accumulates to a total of one in every ten individuals clearly stating that they see their heritage as coming from distinctly different cultures, as opposed to the prevailing assertion that there is one shared culture. All of these statistics have resulted from recent poll that was conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center.
The majority of these individuals are shown to resist being placed in common categories: thirty-six percent call themselves white, three percent as black, and fifty-one percent describing themselves as an “Other”. Of those twenty-nine percent of individuals who do in fact identify with the prescribed terms, thirty-three percent state that they prefer the use of the word “Hispanic” over “Latino” as a better term.
The study goes on to include a variety of other factors that further differentiate the varying cultures amongst themselves as well as the general public, including: political leanings, views on sexual preference and abortion, religion, the use of language, and social tendencies. What becomes exceedingly clear is the inability for current racial classifications to adequately account for a large portion of the United States population. The manner in which these various races are currently lumped together fails to do justice to those people whose presence in the community is responsible for the current state of the country. New, appropriate forms of identification must be used in future racial demarcations for economical, political, and social use.
Dear Census Bureau,
The United States government has long used “Latino” and “Hispanic” as single blanket terms with which to describe a large portion of the country’s population. Frankly, these terms are inadequate for the purposes of appropriately differentiating between a series of peoples whose cultural tendencies are exceedingly disparate.
A recent study conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center has illustrated this shortcoming through direct consultation with the peoples in question. One in every ten individuals classified under the term “Latino” disagrees that there is a common culture by which they can be labelled, instead preferring to identify by their individual familial origins. Fifty-one percent describe themselves as “Other”, and of those twenty-nine percent of individuals who do in fact identify with the prescribed terms, thirty-three percent state that they prefer the use of the word “Hispanic” over “Latino.”
Please take these views, expressed by the people who the term is intended for, into consideration. Future instances of racial identification can be improved by a better thought-out system of classification, regardless of 100% all-inclusivity.
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