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Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas and Mérida M. Rúa

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781479805198

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479805198.001.0001

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Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Census Categorization of Latinos

Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Census Categorization of Latinos

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(p.361) 27 Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Census Categorization of Latinos
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Critical Dialogues in Latinx Studies
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Tanya Katerí Hernández

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479805198.003.0028

The Census Bureau proposes to discontinue counting Latinos as an ethnicity and instead to move “Latino”/“Hispanic” to the list of races on its decennial population survey questionnaire. I argue that the proposal has the potential to significantly hinder the demographic count of Afro-Latinos (Latinos of African ancestry) and should be rejected because of how it facilitates the anti-Black bias within Latino public identity, which is unlawful discrimination in civil rights law. Moreover, the proposed census reform will hinder an ability to collect the statistical data (racial statistics) that concretely demonstrates the racism against Afro-Latinos for their Blackness, that is distinctive from broader Hispanic ethnic groups and White Latinos.

Keywords:   Afro-Latinos, anti-Black bias, Blackness, census, civil rights law, discrimination, Latino identity, racial statistics, racism, White Latinos

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