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Is the Pope Hispanic?

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Since the new pope was born in Argentina, should he count as Hispanic, and does that make him a member of a different race from the former pope, who was German? In America, Pope Francis would indeed count as racially distinct from Pope Benedict, since the government—ridiculously—counts people of Hispanic heritage as “non white.”

This mislabeling occurs despite the fact that a majority of Hispanics—53 percent—identified themselves as white in the recent census. This matters, because the claim that America is supposedly becoming a “minority majority nation” depends on labeling Hispanics a distinct racial group—an absurdity given obvious differences between Cubans, Mexicans, and people from Argentina, like Pope Francis. Those who come from Spanish-speaking cultures shouldn’t be considered a separate race, any more than those who come from Italian or Polish or French speaking societies.

 

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  1. Anita E. Zonder  •  Mar 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    I have been saying this for years. People in Spanish-speaking countries come from many different places, as do people in English-speaking countries. You can be from any race and come from South America, just as you can come from any race and come from North America.

  2. John Scanlan  •  Mar 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I’ve got a better idea. How about forgetting about race all together? I genuinely don’t care if someone’s ancestors came from Africa , Europe or Asia.

  3. Greg Crown  •  Mar 20, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    If we are ever going to get beyond “racism”, we need to quit measuring EVERYTHING by race. Liberals do minorities a great disservice by their constant reference to race in addressing allo manner of subjects, from education to poverty to birth rate to … Let’s just start referencing PEOPLE – and attend to their best interests and well being in a non-racial format.

  4. john gregson  •  Mar 27, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Only one race…HUMAN RACE that’s it Only one started in Africa so we are all africans, changed due to diet, mutation and climate.I am white therefore I am a product of mutation climate and diet. I am not special due to that I am equal, I deserve the rights and courtesies due from one caring Human being to Another, no more no less no matter what tint,religion or other cultural oddity we may have.

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