Mestizos in the United States
5.7% of total United States population (2017)
|Regions with significant populations|
|Spanish (Including Mexican Spanish and Puerto Rican Spanish), Brazilian Portuguese|
|Christianity (Roman Catholicism) Jewish Christian|
|Related ethnic groups|
|White Hispanic and Latino Americans, Hispanos, Ladino, Latin American Amerindians, Genízaro, Latin American Indian, White Latin Americans, Indigenous peoples / Native Americans, Indigenous Mexican Americans|
Mestizos in the United States are Latino Americans whose racial and/or ethnic identity is Mestizo, i.e. a mixed ancestry of white European and Native American from Latin America (usually Iberian-Indigenous mixed ancestry).
This group does not include Métis people of the United States (usually with Anglo-Indigenous mixed ancestry) or Métis people of Canada (usually with Franco-Indigenous or Scottish-Indigenous mixed ancestry) residing in the US, nor does it include Tejanos, Nuevomexicanos, nor Multiracial Americans, whose ethnic identity is Native American or Latin American Indian. Their commonality is that they are all descendants of the indigenous American Indians and White Europeans. In fact the words Métis and Mestizos have the same meaning which is someone of American Indian and White European descent. Many Mestizos identify with their American Indian ancestry while others tend to self-identify with their European ancestry, others still celebrate both.
It is difficult to know the exact number of Latino Americans self-identifying as Mestizo, in part because "Mestizo" is not an official racial category in the Census. According to the 2010 United States Census, 36.7% of the 52 million Hispanic/Latino Americans identify as "some other race", and most of the remainder consider themselves white. Further complicating matters is the fact that many federal agencies such as the CDC or CIA do not even recognize the "some other race" category, including this population in the white category.
Representation in the media
Mestizos are overrepresented in the U.S. mass media and in general American social perceptions, as Hispanic and Latino are often mistakenly given racial values, usually non-white and mixed race, such as mestizo or mulatto, in spite of the racial diversity of Hispanic and Latino Americans, while they are overlooked in the U.S. Hispanic mass media and in general U.S. Hispanic social perceptions; critics have accused the U.S. Hispanic mass media of overlooking the mestizo, mulatto and other multiracial Hispanic populations, the Latin American indigenous peoples, the black Hispanic populations and the stereotypical white Hispanics with olive skin, dark hair, and dark eyes by excluding them in favor of blond, blue/green-eyed white Hispanic and Latino Americans, along with light-skinned mulatto and mestizo Hispanic and Latino Americans.
- Bronze (racial classification) - term used to refer to mestizo as a new race
- Race and ethnicity in the United States Census
- Multiracial Americans
- Métis in the United States
- Métis in Canada
- Ladino people
- Melting pot (a metaphor for cultural fusion)
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