Killing two birds with one stone? Why we need two separate questions on race and ethnicity in the 2020 census and beyond
The lack of theoretical and methodological clarity about “race” and ethnicity is a major stumbling block for mapping and ameliorating inequalities among Latinas/os and other marginalized groups in the United States as well as across the globe. In this article, I examine the findings of the Alternative Questionnaire Experiment Final Report of the 2010 U.S. Census. I explore the value-added by analyzing the social outcomes of Latinos by ethnicity (national origin, ancestry, cultural background) and race (racial status). I argue that you cannot kill two birds with one stone; you cannot capture two analytically distinct concepts with one question.
Keywordsrace racialization ethnicity measurement U.S. Census Latinas/os and Hispanics
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