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Old 05-02-2010, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Centro Tejas
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Confused? I didn't come with this, but the federal government. I work with the government, and this is the base line they use to distinguish people from race/ethnic groups.

The five racial/ethnic categories as defined by federal regulations are:


American Indian or Alaskan Native
- A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.
Black or African American
- A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa. Terms such as “Haitian” or “Negro” can be used in addition to “Black or African American.”
Asian -
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, India, or the Pacific Islands.
White -
A person having origins in Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East.
Hispanic or Latino (All races) -
A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

As you see, Latin is not listed as a separate race but as an ethnicity in which anybody from any of the races listed above may fit in. After all, we all know Spanish speaking people come in all colors and sizes.

Why North Africa and the Middle East are classified as white? Because of their physical aspect (strong features, hairy body) and olive skin; they resemble more to the Mediterraneans and Slavics rather than the rest of the people of the African and/or Asian continents.
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