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Tracing roots to Mexico

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By Harold Morgon

Some 2010 Census numbers report where New Mexico’s Hispanics trace their origin. That Hispanics are 46 percent of New Mexicans isn’t news. Add Native Americans (9.4 percent), African Americans and Asians, and New Mexico is a majority minority state by a fair margin.
Of our Hispanics, 62 percent in 2010 trace themselves to Mexico. The percentage was 43.1 in 2000. That’s news.
A mere 37 percent of Hispanics are those of the northern villages who provide the conventional image of New Mexico. These folks trace themselves to Spain or simply say they are “other.”
The census questions were: “Is this person of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?” and “What is this person’s race?”
The origin choices were: “No, not of Hispanic, Latino of Spanish origin.” Then, there was an option for “Mexican, Mexican American, or Chicano,” separate options for Puerto Rican, Cuban, and for “another Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin.” For this last category, respondents wrote the answer in a box.
Race choices were the usual White; “Black, African American, or Negro”; or “American Indian or Alaska Native”; plus a variety of Asian options.


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