Latino Studies

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 428–438 | Cite as

Killing two birds with one stone? Why we need two separate questions on race and ethnicity in the 2020 census and beyond

  • Nancy López
El Foro


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.


race racialization ethnicity measurement U.S. Census Latinas/os and Hispanics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy López
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  1. 1.The University of New Mexico

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