“Hispanic” – The Economist

Lexington: The power of a party (The Economist) makes an interesting note on government bureaucracy inadvertently created a cultural identity that is now reductive, outdated and unifying all at once:

Strictly speaking, the Hispanic identity is a bureaucratic creation: the term appeared four decades ago as a box to tick on federal government forms. To this day it obscures the diversity of Americans from Spanish-speaking backgrounds (some of whom can barely speak Spanish). And yet, since that artificial birth, the Hispanic identity has taken on life, uniting the cultures of incomers from Mexico and Latin America to the Caribbean.

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