30 U. La Verne L. Rev. 160 (2008-2009)
Gateway to Whiteness Using the Census to Redefine and Reconfigure Hispanic/Latino Identity, in Efforts to Preserve a White American National Identity

handle is hein.journals/jjuvl30 and id is 162 raw text is: GATEWAY TO WHITENESS:
USING THE CENSUS TO
REDEFINE AND RECONFIGURE
HISPANIC/LATINO IDENTITY, IN
EFFORTS TO PRESERVE A WHITE
AMERICAN NATIONAL IDENTITY
GUSTAVO CHACON MENDOZA*
I. INTRODUCTION
Recent census projections approximate that by 2050 Whites will
make up less than 50% of the United States national population.1
Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the nation.2 From July
1, 2004 to July 1, 2005, the Hispanic community accounted for...
49% ... of the national population growth of 2.8 million.3
The increasing minority population is threatening the traditional
White American identity. This threat exists only through the inclusive
and exclusive manner in which race and ethnicity are currently defined.
As the American identity evolves, the decreasing White majority must
find new ways to preserve the White national identity. The United
States has a long history of reclassifying and redefining race, ethnicity
and different sub-groups in America, in the census and elsewhere.4
* J.D. Graduate, University of La Verne College of Law, 2008, B.A. University of
California Santa Barbara, 2003.
1. Angela D. Johnson, In 2050 Half of U.S. Will Be People of Color, DIVERSITY INC.,
Oct. I1, 2006, http://www.diversityinc.com/public/311 .cfm.
2. See id.
3. Press Release, U.S. Census Bureau, Nation's Population One-Third Minority (May
10, 2006) (on file with the University of La Verne Law Review), http://www.census.gov/
Press-Release/www/releases/archives/population/006808.html [hereinafter One-Third
Minority].
4. See BETSY GUZMAN, U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, THE HISPANIC POPULATION, CENSUS
2000 BRIEF 1 (2001), http://www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/c2kbr0l-3.pdf (last visited
Nov. 15, 2007).

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