White Latinos endure their fair share of suffering in the United States. They are constantly being tested to see how Latino they really are, since their facial features do not scream out “Latino!” Check out this video of things White Latinos are sick of hearing.
I wonder how hard it is for White Latinos to reinforce their Latino-ness. It’s something I’ve never really had to worry about. What I also wonder is: is it easier for them to assimilate since they can sometimes pass as a White American? According to data presented at an annual meeting of the Population Association of America, an estimated 1.2 million Americans changed their racial and ethnic identification from “Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin” on the 2000 census to “white” on the one in 2010.
Maybe after much disbelief from others it just becomes easier for light-skinned Latinos to simply say they are White. If everyone around them is White, if they speak English flawlessly, and identify more with American culture than Hispanic, then I can see why. Maybe the old saying is true, “if you can’t beat em’, join em.’”
But what do I know about that struggle. I look “Latino.”
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