Latinos And The Latino Population

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Latinos are an American community of considerable diversity of culture, race, ethnic, and national origin. It is a community on the forefront of significant demographic change and sociopolitical growth (Appleby, G.A., Colon, E., & Hamilton, J., 2011). Latinos in the United States are diverse, and collectively the second largest ethnic minority population in the country (Vigil, 1996). In the Latino population, culture represents a way of life that binds Latinos together through their language, values, beliefs, and practices that are considered appropriate and desirable. The population is an aggregation of several subgroups; Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central and South American and Dominicans. Some demographers suggest that Latino, not black, tends to be the primary identification of most of the members of today’s Latino immigrants (Appleby, G.A., Colon, E., & Hamilton, J., 2011). The immigration and settlement experiences of Latinos have varied from one group to another and also over time within groups. Central Americans, primarily setting in California and Houston, have arrived after the social upheavals of the 1970s and 1980s in their countries.
A. Characteristics
The racial identity as exhibited among the Latino population truly reflects the rainbows spectrum of physical characteristics and racial makeup. Latino subgroup communities identify individual and collective needs. The Latino population is not a unitary ethnic group. The population is quite…
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