Created Equal: Is the new ‘Hispanic or Latino’ census category good enough?  

Maria Hinojosa, host of Latino USA, joined “Created Equal” to discuss the new category, immigration and what it all could mean.

U.S. Census online form.

The U.S. Census recently made it easier for the nation’s Latino population to identify themselves.

A new Hispanic or Latino category with six additional options to specify ethnicity was approved for the next census form by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. The change marks the first time in 27 years the U.S. government has changed how it categorizes people by race and ethnicity.

Maria Hinojosa, host of Latino USA, joined Stephen Henderson on Created Equal Monday to discuss the change, whether it makes Latinos feel more seen in our country and how it could matter in the context of immigration.  

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Maria Hinojosa is the host of Latino USA and founder of Futuro Media. She says she doesn’t believe Latinos can be distilled into a single racial category.

“…we have this…it may be considered flawed…but a way of talking about ourselves as La raza cosmica [the cosmic race]. Why? Because we are indigenous, we are white, we are Black, we are Asian,” she said.

Listen to Created Equal with host Stephen Henderson weekdays from 9-10 a.m. ET on 101.9 WDET and streaming on-demand.

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