Are Hispanics White? | Decoded | MTV News

>>Are Hispanic
people White? Well, That depends
on who you’re talking to. There’s a very confusing statistic about the percentage
of White people in America thanks to a clause in the US Census
that refers to “White, Non-Hispanic”. Now, if you’re White
with European ancestry, Asian with Asian ancestry,
or Black with African ancestry, this may not be something
you’ve ever even thought about. Let’s look at the 2010 Census. If you check the box
that simply says “White”, this registers
you as White Non-Hispanic, which makes up 62 percent
of the population. But together, White
Hispanics and Latinos are 77 percent percent
of the population. Now if that seems like a quick way to boost the number of White people
living in this country, that’s because it kind of is. And if that also seems really confusing,
that’s because it is. So if you ever hear anyone say, “This is America
and 77 percent of it is White,” whether they know it or not,
they are in fact including a very large number of people who identify as Hispanic or Latino. If you look at the 2010
Census application again, the difficulty is that Hispanic
is not considered a race. The census asks you to choose
your Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin, then choose your race
between the six categories offered. Not only is this a hell of a shock when you consider that over 55 million
US citizens are Hispanic, but I guess the “Some Other Race” category is supposed to be
a passive aggressive catchall for their beautifully
diverse culture? And even that option
doesn’t really work — according to the US Census Bureau, most people who mark “Some Other Race”
are often counted as White. So if Hispanic isn’t a “race”,
then what is it? Well before we get to that, we actually
have to settle another important thing: what’s the difference between
Hispanic and Latino? So I’m gonna enlist some help
from my friend Kat Lazo.>>Thanks for having me, Franchesca! So it may get little confusing
if this is your first time hearing this, so I’ll try to keep it
as simple as I can. Hispanic refers to people
of Spanish-speaking origin. It means you have a family history
in a Spanish speaking country. This means you have origins
in these countries, including Spain. But notice how Brazil
isn’t included in the map? Well that’s ‘cause they don’t
primarily speak Spanish, they speak Portuguese. Which bring us to “Latino” or Latinx
if you want to be gender-inclusive. (Which you should be!) Latinx refers
to having origins in Latin America, which is basically the countries
in North and South America that are geographically south
of the United States, including most of the Caribbean. And unlike Hispanic, Latinx excludes much of Latin
America’s colonizer, Spain. So one more time: Hispanic refers to language and Latinx focuses
on a geographic location. But whichever term you use, neither of them actually refers
to a racial identity. Just like America, Latin America has a long and complex history that intersects
between Native People, European colonization, African slavery, and global immigration patterns. Which is why there are
White Latinos, Native Latinos, Black Latinos, Asian Latinos and every kind of mixture you can think of.
Does that help?>>Yeah, that does help. But I think part of the problem
we’re dealing with here is the broader confusion
between ethnicity and race. As we’ve covered,
race is not biologically real. It’s basically
an ever-shifting categorization that sometimes includes ethnicity and sometimes doesn’t. But when it comes to ethnicity, there are legitimate differences
between groups of people that aren’t based on
external characteristics. And yes, ethnicity
can get fuzzy, but there are cultural practices you can associate
with it, like language, cultural values,
and traditions. Which is why if an Argentinian
couple adopts a baby from China, that baby will most likely
grow up speaking Spanish and routing for Lionel Messi. The simple answer:
race doesn’t exist, but ethnicity does.
>>Exactly. The reason this
gets so confusing when we’re talking
about Latinx in America is that there’s a broad
ethnic Latinx identity that has a complex history, with lots of different racial
groups living together. Latinx isn’t a race
but we’re definitely racialized as a people, which is confusing
and I’m the one who said it. The US and Latin American media
has done a great job at constructing an image
of what Latinx look like, and that image is rarely Black or fully indigenous, for example. We, like the rest of the world, have internalized these messages
of White supremacy through the media
and our education, so it’s no wonder
that when Latinx here in the US are confronted with deciding their race
based on the Census, in a predominantly Black
and White binary society, many of us default to White. I personally identify
as a mixed race Latina with indigenous ancestry, but that’s just me. There are a multitude
of ways Latinx choose to identify racially, but it’s up to us
to unlearn much of what we’ve been taught about race
and demand better and more accurate forms
of representation.>>Damn! There has to be
a better way to talk about this. Well there is a better way! The Census is planning
to make changes in 2020 in one huge way: they’re going to stop
using the word race altogether. Hispanic, Latino, and Spanish
Origin will be a category like everything else,
with no qualifiers. That means now people
will check the “categories” that best describe them. This will not only give us a better idea of how many people identify
as Hispanic or Latino, but could also give us
a better idea of multiracial and multiethnic numbers. So to return to the original question, are Hispanic or Latino people White? Well, some are and some aren’t. But to quote 2013 Census Bureau Report, “Race and ethnicity
are not quantifiable values. Rather, identity is a complex mix
of one’s family and social environment, historical or
socio-political constructs, personal experience, context, and many other immeasurable factors.” Hmm! Surprisingly woke
coming from the Census! Special thanks
to to Kat Lazo. Tell us where
we can find you online.>>You can check out
my work at mitú or my personal channel, TheeKatsMeoww.>>We’ll put links
in the description box. Thanks so much for watching, we’ll see you next time
right here on Decoded.

100 thoughts on “Are Hispanics White? | Decoded | MTV News

  1. Hispanics orientals, Africans ,island pacifiers .All names given to people who don't call themselves these names. YOU SHOULD NO BETTER THAN TO START A VIDEO LIKE THIS….

  2. I mean, they do have a certain look going on which is why we ask if theyre a race

  3. Mix racial people? What identity do one gravitate too…biracial should be added……the last President biracial 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔😖

  4. This latinx term is making me gag. Americans really out here giving a damn. Their are indigenous Hispanics, black Hispanics, and white hispanics. Stop worrying about everyone’s race, it’s makes y’all look bad.

  5. I think you are very nice, intelligent, beautiful and well meaning young ladies. I agree with you in some areas for example, I don't think there are really any inferior or superior races. Each race has its criminals and saints, geniuses and very, very low I.Q.d people. While I believe there are ethniciities within races, e.g. Nordics and Mediterraneans in the Caucasian races you just can't boldly go forth that there is no such thing as race. I am much older than you girls, I was born way back in 1961 in a time and place of great social change and unrest. This was in Southwest, Georgia, Albany, Georgia, to be precise which was a city in the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement. MLK came to Albany in October of 1961 when I was three months old and remained nearly a year. I was poor and lived in a segregated housing project which was intergrated in 1972 when Jimmy Carter was Georgia Governor. There really wasn't much trouble in the form of racial conflicts between whites and blacks, in fact, everything remained pretty much as pre-intergration, especially poverty for all. I never gave the RACE problem much thought, I really didn't care. Whem I became older and interested in sex I had relationships with both white and black girls. But there is a difference, not only physiological differences and there are but there is something much more fundamental, this is people's wish to be with their own kind. I know that is a very taboo, politically incorrect thing to say now a days, but it's undeniably true. Just simply observe people when they're with their own kind. There is a much more relaxed, loose feeling, a lack of the feel a need to keep your guard up lest you do or say something wrong. There is more I've known a number of racially-mixed children and I can't help but feel sympathy for them, they seem so confused, perhaps not all, but most whom I've known. There is one girl who I have especially in mind. Although she has one white parent and one black parent I, as with everyone whom I know who knows her, always think of her as black. It's rather strange to describe her but she is an extraordinarily beautiful girl, gifted intellectually and with an advanced college education. But I've had the opportunity to watch her when she's with all black friends and when with all white friends. Despite the gifts she has, o yes, I neglected to say that she is also a very, very nice, pleasant and charming girl, despite her assets she has a manner of uncertainty about her, like she really doesn't know where to turn, a kind of loneliness. I beleve we are all God's children and if things occur unforcably, naturally, that's wonderful. However, some things are simply much too serious just too dismiss as a social construct

  6. Am I white or brown/beige? Hugga bugga imtressectionalll word salad click click click

  7. what a nonsense video.
    why do people fight because of their skin color?

  8. Just take down these videos and upload one of Hitler speeches, even that would fight racism better than this!

  9. Honestly, the difference between hispanic and latino is actually pretty simple. It's a nice term for Spaniard mixed with native and sometimes northern European. Hispanic is a broader term for people who are from all over.. Spanish, native north american/south and central Americans. Many are completely blended especially in America. Latino is more predominantly native but share a spanish blended culture via language. The distinction is as frustrating as theight skinned/dark skinned argument in the black community even though you share the same culture in many aspects. The biggest combining factor is culture in language, food and sometimes religion when we consider how many are catholic. It's interesting to me how quick these voices are to divide people based on such superficial qualities. I question their true motives.

  10. territories, cities, countries, states are names that were created. fictitious system of the mind that is simply passed on and believed. look at radiation maps in correlation with melanin/ in the skin. bloodtypes/lines, haplogroups, Rh factor, helix structure is all very interesting and will show how much we don't know if simply seeking truth.

  11. Im black but my older brother is mixed with black and white and people always think Im adopted 😡😡

  12. If latinos/Hispanic were white wouldn’t they have the same privileges as white 😬

  13. i thumbed down when i was told i should be gender something or other.

  14. Just so you all know. None of the people south of the border are even Latin. I hear so many people call themselves Latin but if you're not from Europe than you ARE NOT LATIN!!!!! If you are not an Italian than you are not a TRUE LATIN! PERIOD. The term Latino was MISUSED by Americans to describe people south of the border but the main word there is MISUSED!

  15. In Latino it's 90 percent Latino 82 percent African 73 percent Indian 60 percent mullato /metizo 70 percent french and 40 percent Asians duh it's saids it online basically Afro Latinos are majority in Dominican Puerto Rican Columbian Afro Mexican Salvadorian Hondurans and hatians because they argenated from Caribbean french Latinos are mostly populated in Spain and in the European countries

  16. I am a quarter Scottish, qurter Irish, and half Mexican (with ancestors from spain) and I look. White asf

  17. The video was great, and actually fairly accurate… but I'm disliking for that "Latinx"

  18. It's honestly stupid to say latinx, it's unnecessary. "latino" is a term for hispanics, of any gender. if you are a latina, you're Latino. but if you're just latino that doesn't mean you're Latina. if you're non binary say Latino. if you're talking about the whole community say Latino. If you're talking about a male in the community say Latino. if you're talking about a woman say latina or Latino if you'd like. smh

  19. Just say you hate people who arent in the gender female and Male if you say you hate the word latinx. All of you reek.

  20. My family and I are from Sonora, Mexico. Hearing the word "latinx" is bizarre and a novelty. No one in Mexico uses that word; it's either "latino" or "latina."

  21. the pale people in mexico, cuba, pr etc tend to be richer and less inclined to move to the usa which partly might be why the american image of a latino is dark

  22. Spaniards = white
    Latinos = white (spaniards) + native American
    Hispanics = people that speak Spanish
    And latinx does not exist so please talk better because that is just disgusting as hell , and I'm not who says it according to the SPANIARD ROYAL ACADEMY or Real Academia Española (RAE) LATIN INCLUDES BOTH GENDERS

  23. As a person of partial Mexican ancestry,i personally outright reject the labels Latino and Hispanic.As far as the video is concerned,yes there are white European people from Spanish speaking countries who have no admixture with non whites.Yes,some people from Spanish speaking countries are White.

  24. Most are Native American actually, maybe only tiny Uruguay is majority white and not for long.

  25. The video has some decent spotlight on certain questions. Most people in my opinion know that the word Hispanic or latino are different words with different terms. Obviously it isn't a race, but at the same time people should have the option to pick what defines them, rather then just simply putting a group of people with another. Especially when that group isn't completely that race or even has any connection to it. Ethnicity

  26. You don't escape the one drop rule in the USA. That makes you black!!!

  27. There's no such thing as different races or racism but nationalities and Hate do exist We are all one race The HUMAN RACE

  28. Hispanic is mixed people white mix black= hispanic white mix native =hispanic black mix native ❌hispanic native mix native=native

  29. According to my dna test, I'm 80% southern European, 10% jewish and the rest other, My roommate who is white and blond is only 45% European, Im Mexican by the way, and Im consider myself Mexican period

  30. I’ve said this a million times. I grew up in the 70’s/80’s and early 90’s, no one was ever referred to as Hispanic. They were considered white. Now that it can be “labeled” as racist to believe in legal immigration, they’re Latinos and you’re racist. Facts matter!

  31. The FBI deliberately records Latino criminals as "white" to artificially boost white crime numbers.

  32. You say there is no such thing as "race" and then later you use the word "multiracial" 🤔

  33. I am not Hispanic. I am not Latino I am a Mexican American. This is more accurate.

  34. And there is only one race and that is the human race. The United States Census started the use of Hispanic in 1969 and so many people fell for it.

  35. Just a question.. How do people want racisim to end when they use the word "white "supremacy? I understand for the most part what it is…i believe , but yeah.. Just the use of white ..yep.

  36. I’m A PROUD EUROPEAN mixed COLOMBIAN 🇨🇴 🇷🇺 🇨🇺

  37. What no one seems to be addressing here, is dna. There is no "mexican", latina, or hispanic for dna. You are either spanish, african, asian, native american…etc. Most people do not know that "illegal immigrants" are indigenous. Which are Native Americans. If the words were reversed, how many Europeans would be good with calling Natives, "illegal"?

  38. I just found out my grandmother is listed as Hispanic American yet she claims shes Irish. I'm confused.

  39. Well I'm latino (not Hispanic though since latin languages are not restricted to spanish), and latino it's not a race and never will it be, it's just a linguistic group of people, my ancestor where from Southern Italy and Northern Portugal, Mediterranean people ain't as light as Anglo Saxons but are still caucasians. Most of people from Southern South America are white with Germanic and/or Mediterranean heritage.

  40. Long story short : YES
    ESPECIALLY in Mexico
    Half white european/ half Native American
    Liberal corporations are trying to rewrite Hispanic ancestry and heritage

  41. Resumen the most of white population in latino America are Venezuela Argentina colombia and mexico

  42. Us Hispanics are not f**king white 😡 We are HISPANIC OK Hispanic IS a race. If anyone ever tells me I’m not Hispanic I will beat their ass up

  43. The terms “latinos” or “gente latina” are both gender neutral despite having different gender endings. These people are brain dead

  44. I am hispanic and i considered my self biracial i am native american and spanish and african

  45. Good are fbi crime stats going to stop inflating white crime stats by calling Hispanic criminals white? Then blacks will retirn to the highest crime group across the board, be careful what you wish for.

  46. Why doesn't MTV just change their station name to SJW? It'd be more accurate and less confusing.

  47. I'm mixed latinx, filipinx and middle easternx 😂. I'm a transx and feel estupidx.

  48. Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Britain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Russia, etc = Caucasian = WHITE

    Indigenous people from Canada to Chile = NOT Caucasian = NOT WHITE

    If your father's white then you're white. Unfortunately a lot of these Mexican men marry white women and their children grow up, being raised by white women, identify with white people and are confused as hell.

  49. She sounds white. I'm not talking about her vocabulary. I'm talking about the sound pitch of her voice.

  50. FOOLS! Hispanic is a term "made up" by President Nixion for the 1970 census ……you many of you FELL for it! so ahead let them decide for you!!! LATINX …….lol

  51. LATINX? wtf is that? and some people are going to allow this word to label HISPANICS?? LATINX …. >:(

  52. This is very simple if your latino which means regional like south america ,north america and the caribbean that speak spanish or portuguese of any race that follow the culture which includes brazil,…….or hispanic which is world wide for those who speak spanish as a first or second language and follow the tradition and culture of spain no matter where you live in the world of any race.

  53. That BS about only white people in america are the only whites and not adding other whites to the mix came most likely from anti catholism and and semitism in the early 1900s wish included southern europeans and eastern europeans.

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