[Marxism] Latinos and "whiteness"

Kathleen McCook klmccook at gmail.com
Mon Mar 19 18:46:18 MDT 2012

There are 19 million people in Florida. 3 million are Black; 4 million are
Latino. Of the Latinos there are a million Cubans, over a million of other
Hispanic heritage (like Zimmerman, Peruvian), about 600K Mexican and 800K
Puerto Rican.

I am not sure what you might mean by "upper crust" Hispanics. Florida has a
great diversity of people with roots in Latin-American and the islands. We
also have a significant migrant population..last weekend just a few miles
east on the 1-4 corridor from Sanford a rally was held to gain justice for
migrant workers. You can not easily characterize the Latino population.

However, as to the white/black issue --the census offers the choice of
Hispanic/White or Hispanic/ Black. It is the person's choice, not the
police. See Gates' Black in Latin America for reasons this is not a simple

--Kathleen de la Peña McCook

> ======================================================================
> I've been struck by the number of media referring to George Zimmerman, the
> alleged murder of Trayvvon Martin, as "white" (
> http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/03/19/trayvon-martins-murder-was-the-motive-self-defense-or-racism
> ),
> apparently based on police reports, while his family identifies him as
> Hispanic (and he's clearly something non-WASP-y) (
> http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hXxBkmvHRtNjf7eHr97r29fiIVrw?docId=458cd0d9fa994f69a0bf1239b8eada3a
> ).
> Any early thoughts on this? Is it indicative of journalists writing their
> stories to fit within predetermined narratives? Are they just relying on
> the determinations of police, who would, as I recall the federal
> categories, classify any non-African-descended Hispanic person as "white"?
> (One wonders, though, how often that would affect the coverage of anyone
> else accused of a crime!) Or is it a sign that upper-crust Florida
> Hispanics have fully joined the club (enough to get away with killing Black
> people, no less)?

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