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Mexican-Americans Would Rather Not Be Called 'Hispanic'

July 30, 2013

The Pew Hispanic Center has at last realized that Mexican-Americans like to be referred to as Mexican and not Hispanic. The groundbreaking fact that governmental institutions are referring to Hispanics as Mexicans or other specific groups is forward-moving in two ways:

1. It gives governmental and other institutions a more accurate reading of the Mexican-American community, making it easier to plan and project.

2. It provides Mexican Americans and the larger population with recognition for their accomplishments. In California, the Hispanic population is now equal to the white population and Mexican-Americans comprise the largest number of Hispanics.

Years ago, the Pew Hispanic Center lacked information about Mexican-Americans--they only dealt with "Hispanics." Since that time, the Pew Hispanic Center has concluded that "a report based on a nationwide survey" found most Hispanics don't embrace the term "Hispanic," and even fewer prefer the term "Latino." Instead, they prefer specific terms including Guatemaltecos, Peruanos and Mexicans.

In the 2011 American Community Survey, Mexican-American Women out-earned bachelor's degrees by 2 percent. They also outnumber men in several other professional areas. It is surprising to see that Mexican-Americans, in at least one area, are almost equally represented.

The following data is from the article titled "Results of the American Community Survey...for 2011":

Industry: Civilian employed population 16 years and older:

-- 10.6% of the general population was employed in the professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services in 2010. In 2011, this number only increased by .1%.

-- 10.1% of Mexican Americans were employed in these same industries in 2010. In 2011, this percentage remained the same. This information benefits those in government or educational institutions that rely on this data to administer resources.

SOURCE Mexican-American Professional Archive

Source: Copyright PRNewswire 2013

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