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Are Hispanics White? Part 5 of 6

(Transcript from Tiktok:

(From the previous video) “The U.S and Latin American media have done a great job of constructing an image of what Latinx looks like”

And that image is rarely Black or fully Indigenous, for example.

We, like the rest of the world, have internalized these messages of white supremacy through the media and through our education. So, it’s no wonder that Latinx here in the U.S are confronted with deciding a race, based on the Census, in a predominantly black and white binary society, many of us default to white.

I personally identify as a mixed-race Latina with Indigenous ancestry, but that’s just me. There are a multitude of ways that Latinx choose to identify racially. But, it’s up to us to unlearn much of what we’ve been taught about race and demand better, and more accurate forms of representation.

Dang, there has to be a better way to talk about this. Well, there is a better way. The census is planning to make changes in 2020 in one huge way: they’re going to stop using the word race altogether. Hispanic, Latino and Spanish-origin will be a category like everything else, with no qualifiers. That means people will now check the categories that best describe them. This will not only give us a better idea of how many people identify as Hispanic or Latino but….)

This is Part 5 of an ongoing series – check back on Friday for Part 6!

-Your Friends at Undoing Racism