You’ve been hearing for a long time about how Texas’ Hispanic population is growing. By 2050, the experts say the Hispanic population here will be 55% Hispanic. However, some new research calls that into question.
A study from the Pew Research Center says more Hispanics are identifying themselves as white. In fact, 1.2 million changed the race they identify with from 'some other' to 'white' between 2000 and 2010. Mike Cline of Rice University says it's because of the choices available on the census.
“They have to choose between identifying as a ‘White Hispanic.’ Maybe they don’t identify as white or Hispanic. So they leave that question blank,” Cline told KTRH.
Cline says assimilation could also be playing a role here.
“As people feel less discriminated against or more assimilated they may identify as white more than some other race,” Cline said.
According to the census, Hispanics do not constitute a race. Luis Vera of LULAC told KTRH told KTRH it’s not just on the census either.
“For years all federal and medical documents gave you two boxes to check; ‘Black’ or ‘White,’” Vera stated.
And he says if you need more proof; look at your driver's license.
“My driver’s license says ‘White.’ That’s just the way they mark it,” Vera said.
Hispanics make up 43% of the population here in the city of Houston and 38% of the population in Texas. There are 52 million Hispanics living in the United States, making up around 17% of the total population according to the 2010 census.