U.S. Census


Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Without More Census Funding, Disadvantaged Communities Risk Being Overlooked Most

*This story has been flying under the radar, with all the attention going to the Trumpian antics. But we need to shine a constant light on it because it will have a deep effect on Latino politics and the Latino community. VL By Mike Maciag, Governing (6 minute read)  Several events in recent months have

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Minority babies are the majority among the nation’s infants, but only just

*The day minorites become the majority in the U.S. is already here, among babies younger than 1-year-old. We’re not surprised. VL By D’Vera Cohn, Pew Research Center Factank (3 minute read) The U.S. is projected to have...

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Should “Hispanic” be a race?

*First off, this shouldn’t be a serious question. Second, the answer is no. Third, who is “Jane the Actuary.” Fourth, give this piece a chance, Jane says there should be a U.S. Census category for “person having...

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Census Changes Could Make Whites Less Than 50 Percent Sooner

*There’s a good infographic that circulated in social media networks recently, done by NPR it showed how much the “race” question had changed on census forms since 1850. For instance, those who we now refer to as African-Americans...

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Hispanic population reaches record 55 million, but growth has cooled

*While the U.S. Latino population continues to grow, there are some changes to report. The growth rate is slowing, and there is evidence that Latinos are dispersing widely across the country. VL By  Jens Manuel Kroogstad and...

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Jeb Bush identified himself as ‘Hispanic’ in 2009 form

*Wait. What? This opens a crate filled with cans of worms. The Hispanic/ Latino/ Indigenous/ Mestizo/ Chicano/ Mexicano/ Salvadoreño/ Dominicano/ Boricua/ etc… community has been in “dialogue” about the issue of identity for a long time. There’s...

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

There is no such thing as “White Hispanic” – except in the census definitions

*A couple of things. First, the idea of whether Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is Hispanic, Latino, or “Hispanic enough” is bound to come up in commentary, opinion or general reporting. That said, this piece uses Cruz...

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

For three states, share of Hispanic population returns to the past

*Some might see this as evidence of a reconquista. I’d like to see a graph that compares Latino wealth and political power from a century ago and today. That would paint a better picture of how far...

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Why are Hispanics identifying as white?

*This is a very good commentary. A non-Latino tackles Latino “whiteness” but expands the conversation to all hyphenated racial and ethnic groups. A great line from the piece: ” … sometimes our national discourse on race proceeds as...

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

More Hispanics Declaring Themselves White

*This isn’t a new discussion, it’s a technical issue where the U.S. Census form gave Latinos an option for racial identification as a subset of a larger “Hispanic” identifier. This article takes-up where the old discussion ends...

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

The Invention Of Hispanics

*This brings two things to mind. One is the fact that the “Hispanic” term is invented; another is that the inventors had a specific agenda in mind when they did it. Since then, the term has run...

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Millions of Americans changed their racial or ethnic identity from one census to the next

*Fascinating. This takes the Latino/Hispanic identity conversation to a  different level. How can marketers/politicos/social scientists attempt to define a community that changes its self-definition from decade to decade? Add to that the Census’ idea to change the...

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Junk Data in Census Makes Us a Nation of ‘Others’

*This takes the conversation about race in America beyond the superficial, redundant conflicts. The idea is that race is an invented concept, strengthened by Census forms, used by money and power, causing oppression. The piece is a...

Monday, April 7th, 2014

‘Mexican,’ ‘Hispanic,’ ‘Latin American’ top list of race write-ins on the 2010 census

*Ever since the U.S. Census added an “origin” option to the “Hispanic” check-off box the question of Latino identity has become a matter of official government concern. It turns out that one third of  Latinos in the...

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