And Amerindian Stock

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and Amerindian stock” (Gutierrez 47). According to Ruben Rumbaut 2009 publication, Pigments of Our Imagination: The Racialization of the Hispanic-Latino Category, “Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Salvadorans, Colombians, and the many other nationalities from Latin America and even Spain itself - were not ‘Hispanics’ or ‘Latinos’ in their countries of origin” stressing not only the wide range of country of origin, but also the racial conceptions that those immigrants from those countries may have (2). The origin and effect of racialization on what we now call Latinos is very pertinent to how Latinos assimilate. The English-speaking, European-decent majority in the United States tends to think of Latinos as one homogenous group perhaps because of or leading to the creation of a census label for Latinos or Hispanics as people of “Spanish origin” in 1977 (Rumbaut, 9). Perhaps the fact that “ two thirds of all Latinos in the U.S. are Mexicans in the Southwest” lends itself to many white Americans’ view that the group is homogenous, although Mexicans in and of themselves are not necessarily a homogenous group, but more so than all Latinos in general (Gutierrez 35). The phenomenon of racialization, lead by the majority’s conception of the minority of Spanish descent people in the United States, has change the way that Latinos themselves see themselves as well. Rumbaut says that the “racialization of the Hispanic-Latino category, as well as the substantial proportion of
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