The Latino And Hispanic Group

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The Latino/Hispanic group is the only ethnic category counted separately by the United States Census. It’s also the largest minority group today in the U.S. and has a variety of different groups. According to the U.S. Census, a Latino/Hispanic person can be black or white when considering race. Depending on the country the individual is from, it could determine if they view themselves as white, black or neither. The census category of Hispanic became official near the late 20th century. In 1933, President Roosevelt made a “good neighbor policy” meaning the U.S. would pursue a noninterventionist approach towards Latin America, no longer utilizing military force to exercise influence in the region. [(https://history.state.gov)]. When three immigrants were not approved their citizenship because they were not white, Roosevelt bypassed the law and counted Hispanics and Mexicans as white, which allowed Hispanics entry and citizenship to the United States. In the year 2000, the census made many changes to the questionnaire and added in Latino. The question read “are you Spanish/Hispanic/Latino? The diversity in the Hispanic/Latino culture can make it very confusing and unclear on what race an individual is. “Hispanics could be of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American or another Spanish culture origin.” (Publications - U.S. Census Bureau). The term Hispanic refers to those who share the Spanish culture, but that does not refer to their race. Someone who is
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