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US Census - Question #5: Hispanics

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by AA11285, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. AA11285

    AA11285

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    Was reading over the 2010 census and I noticed that questions 5 and 6 read like this:

    #5 Are you of Hispanic Origin?
    a) No, not of hispanic origin
    b) Yes, mexican origin
    c) Yes, Puerto Rican origin
    d) Yes, Cuban origin
    e) Yes, other origin (spain, argentina, honduras etc.)

    #6 What race are you?

    a) White
    b) Black
    c) Native american
    d) "Other race" Fil in the blank

    I'm usually not very militant about things, but I don't understand the important or relevance of question #5. What does hispanic origin even mean? I was born in the US, but my mother is cuban and my father is Puerto Rican, so how would I answer that? Hispanic is not considered a "race", so how would I answer question #6? My skin is closer to white than black, so am I white? And why are hispanics asked to categorize themselves based on what country they "originate" from, however, no other group is asked to do so. Looks like there is a lot of ambiguity to these questions and I just question the motivation behind them....your input is welcomed.
     
  2. recycooler

    recycooler 9-11-2001

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    I answered the first question on the census,then that one I checked other and filled in American:whistling: that's it and sent it back
     

  3. Rick O'Shay

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    I think "American" is an excellent answer. According to Hitler, I'm a mongrel (Welch, English, French, Irish), so does "White" sum me up?
     
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    you guys are blowing this census thing way out of proportion. The effort you spent in posting this in glock talk, you probably could have filled out the form and answered the questions that are perfectly clear. You know what they're asking and you know how to answer it. Stop playing dumb. I KNOW you guys are smarter than this:shocked:
     
  5. timbob

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispanic

    Circle C or D, or both if you wish. I believe the correct answer for #6 is Homo Sapien, but that's just the opinion of someone whose mother is German & Irish, and whose father is Barbadian.

    It will be a long time before any political usage of the term 'Race' is properly applied.
     
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    Nothing blown out of proportion here. An honest question regarding a flawed and biased Census form.
     
  7. AA11285

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    Not sure about you, but posting a thread and answering a few questions doesn't take much effort on my part. But I don't believe the questions are as clear as you seem to think they are. If they are, could you share your wisdom as to how I should answer question #6 about race? I'm hispanic, born in the US, and my options are white, black and american indian? Judging by your thread, you should have no problem answering this...
     
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    Hispanic is basically a generic term to categorize Latino/Chicano people, started with the Census in the 1970's. The meaning and possibly reason for asking seems to change as years go on. While Hispanic doesn't bother me, I do consider myself an American and a Texan first.
     
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    Are you Hispanic?

    'Drew
     
  10. timbob

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    African-American, Mexican-American, Asian-American, Latino-American...

    Any time I see something like this used it makes me slightly ill.

    Nationality is far different from ethnicity, which is far different from race. In two more generations, more than likely, enough ignorance will have died along with those who sustain it to rid us of such ridiculous etymologies.
     
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    I eat Taco Bell. does that count?:supergrin:
     
  12. 1-2man

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    It threw me as well. I'm born and raised here in the U.S. but both my parents are from Brazil which technically is not a Hispanic nation (at least that's why my college professor told me.) :dunno:
     
  13. timbob

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    He's absolutely correct.
     
  14. larry starling

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    LOL....my wife says I should put down A** for my race!!!:tongueout:
     
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    I wonder what Tiger Woods puts down? Isn't one of his "claims to fame" being a mix of multiple ethnicities?!

    kestrou
     
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    Probably the same thing that I do. Or the same that Obama does. It's pretty obvious on question #6-- don't be a smart-***.

    Tiger's claim to fame is that he is the greatest golfer who has ever lived, not his genetic makeup (although his genetics are part of what makes him exceptional).
     
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  17. Fumble

    Fumble RIP Poom . . .

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    :rofl: Was English your professor's second language?
     
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    Typo's are FRICKEN HILARIOUS...

    :yawn:
     
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    That's a typo not a misspelling. :whistling:
     
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    This. :embarassed: