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Unread 06-07-2008, 01:18 AM
 
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Question Latino is not a race. Is Asian?

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In context of the characteristically American division into: Black, Latino/Hispanic, White, and Asian.
It's been argued that Latino is not a race, which is comprehensible. Yet one may also wonder whether Asian is also a race.
A Korean has quite nothing in common racially with an Indian from southern India, does (s)he?

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Unread 06-07-2008, 01:43 AM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Does an irish person have "anything in common racially" with a greek or a finn?
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Unread 06-07-2008, 03:12 AM
 
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I think you need to understand that the concept of a race is just a tool which people commonly accept as true. The Irish and the Italian were, at one point, considered a different race, yes. And now they are not. The Latinos from different parts of South and Central America are considered the same race, mostly out of convience. Just like Asians. We're not exactly counting the mustard seeds here guys.
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Unread 06-07-2008, 06:41 AM
 
Location: St. Augustine
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Does an irish person have "anything in common racially" with a greek or a finn?
With a Greek yes, with a Finn no. Irish and Greek are related languages but the Finnish tongue is not related to Irish. An Irishman has more in common racially with some people from northern India than a person from China does.
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Unread 06-07-2008, 02:54 PM
 
Location: los angeles
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Asians are a distinct race but Latinos are Caucasian.
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Unread 06-07-2008, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Tribeca
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Asians are a distinct race but Latinos are Caucasian.
Latinos are not caucasian.

So are black Puerto Ricans and black Dominicans caucasian? They're latino, so by your arguement they must be caucasian.

I guess on some forms latinos are considered caucasian but in the real world, people don't view latinos as caucasian with the exception of people from a few "white" South American countries and Spain.
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Unread 06-07-2008, 03:35 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine
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Lots of working class Whites in Chicago consider Mexicans as white and intermarriage between Irish and Italians with Mexicans is not uncommon and I know several such couples. Hell, two of my cousins married Mexicans.
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Unread 06-07-2008, 04:25 PM
 
Location: los angeles
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Latinos are not caucasian.

So are black Puerto Ricans and black Dominicans caucasian? They're latino, so by your arguement they must be caucasian.

I guess on some forms latinos are considered caucasian but in the real world, people don't view latinos as caucasian with the exception of people from a few "white" South American countries and Spain.
You are confusing ethnicity with race. There are black Latinos when speaking of nationality. For example the US census distinguishes between "white" and Spanish surnames under the category of Caucasian.
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Unread 06-07-2008, 05:03 PM
 
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Default Asian = race or ethnicity?

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You are confusing ethnicity with race. There are black Latinos when speaking of nationality. For example the US census distinguishes between "white" and Spanish surnames under the category of Caucasian.
Asian is also rather an ethnicity, don't y'all think?

Many Asians are racially Black.
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Unread 06-07-2008, 06:40 PM
 
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This is how the census determines race:

Image:800px-US Census 2000 race definitions

Blue = Native American (including many modern day Hispanics)

Yellow = Black / African American

Green = White / Caucasian

Turquoise = Asian.

Pink = Pacific Islander.
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