2010 Census: Valley Population is Mostly 'White'?
Wed, 10 Mar 2010 02:27:17 GMT —
This year TMs Census questionnaire has many Valley residents scratching their heads over the question on race.
One such resident is Veronica Solis from Harlingen.
Among the 10 questions featured this year, one that asks if the respondee is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Of which Solis proudly claims, "Yes! Mexican American."
But the question that follows asks a person to identify their racial background.
But the options to choose from have people like Solis confused.
"American Indian? I don TMt know. White, no! That TMs a tough one, Solis guessed, trying to find one among the 15 entries listed on the form.
But Solis, like many other Hispanics or Latinos in the Valley, are considered to be white, according to the U.S. government.
Dr. Anthony Knopp, a U.S.-Mexico relations professor at UTB, told Action 4 News the reason is because being Hispanic or Latino is an ethnicity based on culture, not a race.
"There TMs Hispanics that fall into the Black category and that fall into the White category, he explained. Here in South Texas the overwhelming population of Mexican descent, this is a tradition of being recognized as white."
Dr. Knopp added that many of the categories in the Census were created by federal government as a way to group together large number of different people. "The government is not collecting this info on you as an individual so much as they are collecting it for date they need for demographic profile," he said.
But because of the diversity behind each category, Dr. Knopp says there can be some confusion when it comes to the Census.