More Afro-Latinos Claim White or Hispanic Heritage Rather Than Black

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A Pew Research Center survey on Afro-Latinos in the U.S. is revealing, causing us to delve deeper into a complex case of racial and ethnic identity in the Black diaspora, and the divide — even confusion — facing Latinos of African descent.

The Pew survey found that 24 percent of Latinos in the U.S. identify as Afro-Latino, Afro-Caribbean or of African descent with roots in Latin America. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of Afro-Latinos identify as Black. Actually, more people from this group said they were white — 39 percent — or Hispanic — 24 percent — with 9 percent saying they are mixed race.

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