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Since being laid off in November I have been applying for jobs like crazy and at the end of nearly all online applications there is a brief survey. This survey usually consists of a few different things; ethnicity, race, gender, veteran, disability, etc.

If you haven't seen my name and my picture yet, take a look. I clearly have no Latino ancestry...which is why all of my friends here in the US make fun of me so much. When I fill out these surveys at the end of a job application I'm just not sure what to pick; should I choose to not disclose? Should I put that I'm white, non-hispanic. Should I say I'm hispanic, but fear if the HR person sees that and sees me and my name they will think there has been some mistake?

The very last survey I finished I chose not to disclose, just to mix it up a little. But the introduction to the question had this as an explanation:
Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino: a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

I like how this says culture, regardless of race. According to this I can claim to be Hispanic or Latina. Now my friends back in Mexico would never argue this, but my friends, family and acquaintances here in the US laugh at me when I say that I have Mexican, Hispanic or Latin ethnicity. And although my ancestors came to the US 100+ years ago from Norway and Germany; I know zero German and zero Norwegian. The only traditional food I can make is lefsa; which I learned from my aunt who has never stepped foot outside of the US.

This is me just killing time between job hunting. Any thoughts/opinions on this?

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Krista, I know how it is. I am mixed race with Latin, Gypsy (Romainian) and whatever added to the ingredients. When I fill out those surveys, I get all proud and mark: Hispanic. But, then the other mixes jump and say, "Wait a minute now, what about us?" Then, there is the spliting of celebrating both my Mother's and Dad's culture. Why is there not a selection that we can mark: HUMAN?
Hi Jacqueline. Nice to know I'm not the only one that doesn't know which to pick. It's a crap chute either way I guess. Good luck to you too!!
Hello Krista,

I'm kind of confused by your question, but I'll try to follow along. By what I can gather you were born and raised in the U.S. from northern European ancestry. If that is the case, you are not Hispanic or Latino. It seems to me that you are equating Hispanic or Latino as a race ("...take a look. I clearly have no Latino ancestry", please, correct me if I'm wrong). But in Latin-America a lot of people look just like you.

Those work surveys (and immigrations forms too) ask if you are Hispanic or Latino and then ask about your race for the simple reason that Hispanics or Latinos can be of any race. When I fill those surveys I select "yes" to the first question and in the race part I select either "black" or "multi-racial" if available.

African-American friends have often told me that I don't "act black". At first this confused me, since as I understood it "black" was a race and not something you could "act". But soon I realize that what they mean was that I was not behaving like an African-American, the reason being that I'm not African-American but a black man from the Dominican Republic. Asking me to behave like and African-American is the same as asking a while man from Argentina to act like a white man from Boston.

Having said that, I'm sure that whoever came with American affirmative action laws didn't think about the fact that someone like Boston Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell, born in Puerto Rico to a Cuban father from Irish and German descent could in theory (if he gets tired of making millions playing baseball) benefits from such laws since he is Hispanic.

Regards,

Ulises
Krista, I hope this answers your questions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Hispanic
I'm confused. Are you hispanic or not?
Many Hispanic and Latin people look just like you, so your question confuses me. Hispanic means you can trace your roots back to Hispania, which geographically is the Iberian peninsula of Europe made up of Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, and other countries. Latino means you come from any Latin American or Caribean country, where there is quite a mix of races, many are natives of course, but most come from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, etc. What binds us Hispanics and Latins together is traditions, language, and to some extent religion - in other words, culture. Surely you saw a selection for "Anglo" in the job applications - Anglo refers to people originating from England and the Germanic peninsula of Angeln (hence Anglo), where English language and to some extent religion are the common bonds. Since are of Norway and German descent, then you need to select "Anglo". Thanks and good luck to you!
LMFAO! :) Your comments are hilarious. I say choose not to disclose. I did not know Rita Hayworth was considered White Hispanic.

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