Im curious as to peoples thoughts about race and racial classification. Part of my curiosity is things that I have seen on this board and in the news recently. A gazillion posts concerning George Zimmerman who has been called a white Hispanic, and more recently Elizabeth Warren commenting on Indian (Native American) heritage. Im not entirely sure how I should go about listing things in this post, so please forgive my random organization of my ideas and points. Ill start with the term white Hispanic. I find that an odd way to refer to a person. First of all, Ive never heard anybody use the term white Negro to refer to a person of mixed ancestry that included black (African) descent in their family lineage and white Europeans. Similarly, Ive never heard the term white Asian or white Indian (as it refers to Native Americans or people from India). I dont know, maybe this is because Hispanic isnt classified as a race according to the latest US Census. (More about this later, plus a link). My understanding of the classification of Hispanic is that people of mixed ancestry Native American and white European resulted in what we call Hispanic or Latino (primarily Spaniards when it comes to Mexico and South America). A blend of two races. Yet, most people from mixed black (African) and white (European) ancestry are still considered racially black (African) while people of mixed Native American and European ancestry are not called Native American, they are called Hispanic or Latino, and again, not defined as a specific race. So, lets look at the 2010 US census. Question 6. What is this persons race? Here are the possible choices, White Black, African Am., or Negro American Indian or Alaska Native Asian Indian Chinese Filipino Japanese Korean Vietnamese Native Hawaiian Guamanian or Chamarro Samoan Other Asian (option to elucidate) Other Pacific Islander (option to elucidate) Some other race (Print race) Please note that Hispanic and Latino are not included (but there is a shit-ton of Asian related choices). But wait, there was a question on the Census about Hispanic/Latino affiliation, it was question number 5, here it is . Question 5. Is this person of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin? Here are the possible choices, No, not of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin Yes, Mexican, Mexican Am., Chicano Yes, Puerto Rican Yes, Cuban Yes, another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin (option to elucidate) Link to support the above US Census questions, The 2010 Census Questionnaire: Seven Questions for Everyone - Population Reference Bureau So, who gets to decide if a certain group of people is a race? The US Census? On this board (and others) Ive seen people being called racists for making disparaging statements about Muslims (a religion), Jews (a religion), Mexicans (a nationality), whites, blacks or Asians (actual defined races). Is it time to define Hispanics/Latinos as a specific race? Why are there so many Asian descent races listed on the US Census? What are your thoughts in racial classification?