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  •  Latino-White intermarriages are by... (2+ / 0-)
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    far the highest.

    Most Latinos are already either mostly white or about half white and lots of white people and lots of Latinos share a conservative Christian faith.

    I personally know Anglo families that probably wouldn't have a problem with a Latino inlaw but would just about die if that inlaw was black. I also know Latino families that think the same thing.

    •  I don't agree that "most" Latinos (0+ / 0-)

      are either mostly white or half white.  Depends on what Latinos you are discussing and what social class as well.  Most Mexicans for example are more than half indigenous, or Mestizo, to use the term that describes much of Latin America. "Most" Dominicans have strong African Ancestry. "Most" Cubans are "mulattos" or black. Miami Cubans represent the first wave group of white Cubans who fled socialism.  But the second wave of Marielitos are not white.

      More than half of Brazilians would be considered "black" as we classify black, though the census has about 45% of the population who class themselves as "pardo (brown/mixed)  

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 08:05:17 PM PST

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      •  I was talking about Latinos in... (0+ / 0-)

        the US.

        Mestizo means 1/2 white, 1/2 indigenous. The admixture of a persons race in Mexico depends on what part of the country they are from. In the south people will have more indigenous blood and as you go north they have more European blood.

        "Most" Dominicans have strong African Ancestry.

        I wasn't talking about Dominicans.

        "Most" Cubans are "mulattos" or black.

        Most Cubans are white, maybe they have some black and native blood but they pass as white.

        More than half of Brazilians would be considered "black" as we classify black, though the census has about 45% of the population who class themselves as "pardo (brown/mixed)  

        Again it depends on where you are. Most of the south of Brazil is white and most of the north is either mixed black/white or black.

    •  Have you got data on that? (0+ / 0-)

      Not that I am saying you are wrong ... but there are also lots of Asian White marriages.

      Also, the question of how to say which is 'most common' is not quite so simple as it might appear, since the population sizes of Asians, Latinos, Blacks and Whites vary, and vary by location.

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