Perspectives on Race

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Census 2010–What would you do?

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So my husband and I receieved our Census paperwork in the mail the other day. I remember having to do it back in 2000 but I was only 12. It didn’t make much sense to me then and I don’t think I really paid any attention to what it was. For some reason, I thought it was a lot longer and more in depth then it is. Anyways, what really caught my attention was two  of the questions.

The form reads like this…..

“NOTE: Please answer BOTH question 8 about Hispanic origin and Question 9 about race. For this census, Hispanic origins are not races.”

“Question 8: Is Person 1 of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?”

  • No, not Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin.
  • Yes, Mexican, Mexican Am. Chicano
  • Yes, Puerto Rican
  • Yes, Cuban
  • Yes, another Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin. (with a box to fill in whatever it is)

“Question 9: What is Person 1’s race?

  • White
  • Black, African Am, or Negro
  • American Indian or Alaska Native (with a box to fill in the tribe)
  • Asian Indian
  • Japanese
  • Native Hawaiian
  • Chinese
  • Filipino
  • Vietnamese
  • Korean
  • Samoan
  • Guamania or Chamorro
  • Other Asian (with box to fill it in)
  • Other Pacific Islander (with box to fill it in)
  • Some other race (with box to fill it in)

It kind of baffles me that the government can put on ehre that Hispanic origins are not a race. I know that there are a few Hispanics in the class, when filling out the census what race would you put down? Would you put “white” or would you fill in something else in the boxes for “other race?”


Written by melp8

March 18, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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  1. I am Hispanic and I caught that right away so I just filled in the box that said other and wrote that I am Cuban. I found it so weird because if they consider those origins as a race why would they not include all the Hispanic/Latin countries.


    March 19, 2010 at 12:45 am

  2. Wow that is really weird that they wouldn’t have a box for Hispanic when all other forms include this. Its silly that the first question asks if you are of Hispanic origin then the next question doesn’t give you the option of choosing Hispanic if you are. What race do they expect Hispanics to choose???


    March 19, 2010 at 2:38 am

  3. I don’t know what people are getting worked up over this, it’s a step forward. They are openly saying that Hispanics are no longer considered a race separate than whites. The clarification on Hispanic origin is just to get better demographical data on how many people come from which countries. This helps the government learn how strong certain cultures will become in influencing social structures and what kinds of things they can do to cater to it.
    Being considered on the same levels as whites is something Hispanics have wanted for years and it is finally here. To make a distinction otherwise would be pushing progress back a step.


    March 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm

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