Cameron Diaz, Charlie Sheen, Alexis Bledel, Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria. Which of these celebrities is Hispanic? If you?re like most people, you probably based your answer on their physical appearances or their last names. But there?s more to it than that. All of the above celebrities have Hispanic heritage, but not all of them consider themselves Hispanic. So how do we define being Hispanic? According to the 2010 Census, Hispanic origin is based on heritage (country where you or your parents were born) and can be of any race (White, Black, Asian, etc.). The Census also asks you to choose your ethnicity as Hispanic or Non-Hispanic. While heritage can be subjective for those born in the U.S., ethnicity is more closely associated with a type of lifestyle or shared set of cultural traits (language, customs, habits, etc.). So for those who don?t identify with being Hispanic even though they have a Hispanic heritage, that?s fine. Ethnicity should carry equal or greater weight than heritage or last name. At the end of the day, you are Hispanic if you identify with the culture and if you choose to be.
February 13, 2014