The Latino Race
“This report focuses on a critical demographic in the United States – Latinos. Currently 17% of the U.S. population (more than 58 million people) and the second-largest racial/ethnic group in the nation Latinos are a fast-growing demographic,” begins a study conducted by Yale researchers that is titled “Climate Change in the Latino Mind.”
I can’t keep reading past the first sentences because I don’t understand how Latinos can be a “racial/ethnic group.”
How can one trust a study whose creators didn’t even try to familiarize themselves with a group they are studying? What shared ethnicity or race can an Afro-Cuban, a white Argentinean of Ukrainian descent, a descendant of the Bolivian Aymaras and a mestizo from Tamaulipas possibly have? They will probably (but not always) share a language and a culture. But race? That’s every kind of insane. Is it the “all THOSE people are the same to me” attitude at play?