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Old 09-23-2014, 04:21 PM
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Old 11-12-2014, 09:26 PM
Location: West of Louisiana, East of New Mexico
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Most Latinos in the U.S. use the Latin American standard for whiteness. That is to say, that unless you're as dark as Shaka Zulu, you can claim to be "white."

Whiteness in the U.S. is a bit more rigid. Honestly, most Latinos to me are bi-racial or tri-racial just based on appearance. Outside of some super white Cubans, I can almost always tell that you're Hispanic based on appearance or speech. Unlike many "white" Americans that claim Native American ancestry, Latinos actually LOOK like a blend of European and Native American phenotypes.

Non-Hispanic whites in the U.S. are of overwhelmingly Northern European stock....from extremely fair-skinned people in England, Scotland and Ireland. Anytime you are "white" but can tan reasonably well....the questions arise.
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Old 11-13-2014, 06:47 AM
Location: Chicago
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no i would just call them Mexican or Spanish, which ever they identify as
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Old 11-13-2014, 07:00 AM
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Old 05-21-2016, 05:05 PM
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Default Finally figuring out this Hispanic thing

I now consider myself Native Californian and will start writing that in when asked for race. This whole Hispanic thing drives me crazy and I refuse to associate myself with that term. It is almost used now for preferential treatment. Plus, Spanish speaking/recently in US "Hispanics" and Americans with "Hispanic" heritage are like night and day, really no common upbringing. As far as I am concerned, prefer the term we are all human beings. I see everyone as a living entity who has the privilege of living and experiencing life.
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Old 05-21-2016, 07:56 PM
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There's a good book on this topic: How the Jews Became White Folks and What That Says About Race in America

Short answer: It's inevitable.
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Old 05-21-2016, 08:23 PM
Location: PA
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Hispanics can vary wildly in appearance. I've met some who have a strong native phenotype, and others who are paler than Irish-Americans. Although US and Latin America have a world of differences, a similar issue with income disparity between races can be seen. From what I've gathered speaking to Latin Americans, "white" hispanics tend to be better off than "native" hispanics.

A lot of hispanics that come to the US are poorer Central Americans and Mexicans, and usually have more "native" features, going off the aforementioned income disparity.

It's a cliche, but hispanics truly cover every point on the spectrum. Some regions in Brazil and Argentina almost look like Germany. Africa and Japan both have large diaspora across Brazil. Think of any phenotype and you can probably find it SOMEWHERE in Latin America.

The US has had a knack for assimilating different groups into the "white american" category, but those groups were European or part of the larger "Caucasian" region. Maybe we have hindsight bias, but it's pretty easy to see Russian, Irish, Greek, Lebanese, and Italian-Americans as 'white'. Hispanics are a bit different. Although many have varying levels of European admixture, it is a wildly diverse group and thus difficult to fit into one group.
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:17 AM
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I would say it happens over time
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Old 05-22-2016, 08:34 AM
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Culture and English proficiency play an increasingly bigger role than skin color.
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Old 02-24-2017, 03:08 PM
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I'm posting here because I got a reputation on a post I made in 2014 where I mentioned what my ancestry was from what I knew and its kinda interesting to what I actually found out. The "Indian" was a mystery in my family because some family members said it was Native American others said "no its South Asian Indian" well I got a DNA test that pointed to 1% Native American but none for South Asian Indian. Also what I thought was French and German is actually Dutch and its not that distant at all because I got 23% of it and I'm Dutch from both my mom's parents. I was right about Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, though!
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