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Old 10-31-2013, 09:04 PM
 
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I am reading a couple of recent posts about the demographics of certain countries in Latin America and some members reference the CIA Factbook Demographics.

Some say Puerto Rico is 75% white like in the CIA Factbook, while others say Puerto Rico is majority mixed.

Some say Cuba is majority white like in the CIA Factbook, while others say Cuba is majority mixed

The CIA Factbook has the demographics of Chile at 95% mestizo, while Peru's white population is 15%. Does that mean Peru has a larger white population as a percentage and population than Chile? I am not sure about that. I also don't think Peru has a larger white population than Mexico, studies at top universities in Mexico show the white population is the same at around 15% and not 9%.

I am not saying this is a conspiracy or anything, its just that here in the U.S we have the "Hispanic" and "Latino" census and calculations all messed up and confusing that i don't think they would do better at examining Latin American countries.

 
Old 10-31-2013, 09:10 PM
 
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Argentina and Uruguay are the only countries in Latin America which are actually reliably majority white. The rest of Latin Americans tend to downplay their non-white ancestry and concentrate only on their white ones, even if they clearly don't look European. That's how you get Puerto Rico at 75% white even though it's not true at all. Only about 10% of Puerto Rico is actually white.
 
Old 10-31-2013, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Caribbean
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It's likely not accurate or updated for plenty nations, whether Latin American or not. I know it's not accurate for my country of descent. The statistics are old. The new statistics are readily available via the government websites. It would not surprise me if the same were true for others.
 
Old 10-31-2013, 10:41 PM
 
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It's likely not accurate or updated for plenty nations, whether Latin American or not. I know it's not accurate for my country of descent. The statistics are old. The new statistics are readily available via the government websites. It would not surprise me if the same were true for others.
Which country are you from?
 
Old 11-01-2013, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Fortaleza, Brazil
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CIA Factbook is very outdated and unreliable.
 
Old 11-01-2013, 06:11 AM
 
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The CIA Factbook has the demographics of Chile at 95% mestizo
I was there with work for two months and I don't think that statement is 100% true.
Something is wrong then with CIA factbook

EDIT:
ahh I found the error. It was on your side:

"Ethnic groups: white and white-Amerindian 95.4%, Mapuche 4%, other indigenous groups 0.6% (2002 census)"
https://www.cia.gov/library/publicat...k/geos/ci.html

Did you get the other countries facts right from CIA factbook or did you maybe confuse them as well?
 
Old 11-01-2013, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Caribbean
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Which country are you from?
My background is Trinidadian...and yourself?
 
Old 11-01-2013, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Buenos Aires and La Plata, ARG
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CIA Factbook is very outdated and unreliable.
Agree. There it says that Argentina has 97 % white, when we must have around 70-80 %

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Old 11-01-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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My background is Trinidadian...and yourself?
From Puerto Rico
 
Old 11-01-2013, 05:13 PM
 
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[quote=theunbrainwashed;32043350] The rest of Latin Americans tend to downplay their non-white ancestry and concentrate only on their white ones, even if they clearly don't look European. quote]

Actually I think the U.S tends to downplay the diversity of Latin America, trying to categorize the region as only being "brown". Why should the CIA Factbook, an organization outside of Latin America, have more weight than the top universities in Latin American countries who also do research in the demographics of their country? Are we saying the CIA(in general) is more trustful and has caused less controversy than just some innocent educational institutions? Its not like those top universities are run by "anti-American terrorist -communist" organizations, or whatever loonies believe in.

I also don't think Latin Americans are more race obsessive than us Americans. Why are all these wiki pages reference the CIA Factbook? I don't think Latin Americans are editing those pages...more like Americans.
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