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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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