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    Bad, terrible, no good news for Democrat identity politics destiny

    Bad, terrible, no good news for Democrat identity politics destiny

    Pew: Hispanic Identity Fades Across Generations

    Demographics is everything to Democrat political strategy. It is taken as an article of faith that the growth of the Hispanic population as a distinct identity group will mean a coming inalterable Democrat advantage.

    Currently, Hispanics are more aligned with Democrats:

    Today [October 2016], 54% of Latino registered voters say the Democratic Party has more concern for Latinos than the Republican Party, while 11% say the Republican Party has more concern – a 43-point difference. The Democratic advantage on this measure has remained relatively stable since 2012, when 61% of Latino voters said Democrats had more concern for Hispanics, compared with 10% who said the same of Republicans. At the same time, 28% of Latino registered voters today say there’s no difference between the two parties on this measure, a share that is relatively unchanged from 2012.

    Voter registration by party mirrors these preferences.

    We’ve questioned this demographic destiny argument before, given high rates of intermarriage, particularly among Hispanics. Such increasing intermarriage is healthy for us as a society, but it’s not healthy for Democrats who play divide-and-conquer identity politics.

    This skepticism about a demographic destiny is being questioned even from the left:

    But if we look ahead 40 years, there’s a decent chance this Democratic majority never materializes. Ethnic identity is fluid—it shifts and changes with the circumstances of society. Right now, we think of Latinos and Asian Americans as separate from the white mainstream. But there’s no guarantee that will be true in the future. Indeed, if it isn’t, we could have a politics that looks similar to the one we have now.

    As Victor Davis Hanson also notes:

    What is the future of diversity politics after the 2016 election? Uncertain at best—and for a variety of reasons.

    One, intermarriage and integration are still common. Overall, about 15 percent of all marriages each year are interracial, and the rates are highest for Asians and Latinos. Forty percent of Asian women marry men of another race—one quarter of African-American males do, as well—and over a quarter of all Latinos marry someone non-Latino.

    Pew recently released a survey that further proves this point, Hispanic Identity Fades Across Generations as Immigrant Connections Fall Away:

    More than 18% of Americans identify as Hispanic or Latino, the nation’s second largest racial or ethnic group. But two trends – a long-standing high intermarriage rate and a decade of declining Latin American immigration – are distancing some Americans with Hispanic ancestry from the life experiences of earlier generations, reducing the likelihood they call themselves Hispanic or Latino.

    Among the estimated 42.7 million U.S. adults with Hispanic ancestry in 2015, nine-in-ten (89%), or about 37.8 million, self-identify as Hispanic or Latino. But another 5 million (11%) do not consider themselves Hispanic or Latino, according to Pew Research Center estimates….

    By the third generation – a group made up of the U.S.-born children of U.S.-born parents and immigrant grandparents – the share that self-identifies as Hispanic falls to 77%. And by the fourth or higher generation (U.S.-born children of U.S.-born parents and U.S.-born grandparents, or even more distant relatives), just half of U.S. adults with Hispanic ancestry say they are Hispanic….

    As a result, even estimates of the number of Americans who self-identify as Hispanic could be lower than currently projected.

    There are many other arguments as to why Democrats’ “demography is destiny” argument doesn’t hold up.

    But intermarriage and fading self-identification across generations — which are good for America — definitely are a threat to the Democrats’ hoped-for demographic destiny.

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    Are Hispanic or Latino people white?

    Hispanic refers to ethnicity, Latino to geographical origin. Hispanics and Latinos can be white, black, Native, Asian, or a mix.

    This is what I think, and I have a bunch of friends who agree.

    I do NOT “identify” as Hispanic or Latino, at least not as far as these people are concerned.

    THEY identify ME as Hispanic or Latino, and THEY expect me to do as well.
    THEY also expect me to act or think in a specific, predetermined-by-them, manner. And of course THEY expect me to pledge allegiance to THEIR party, to THEIR cause, to THEIR nonsense.

    As far as THEY are concerned, I identify myself as AMERICAN.
    Anything and everything else is none of their darn business, and as long as they continue to label and segregate me and my family, as long as they see me as a color, they will never get anything from me other that the middle finger.

    This whole Hispanic culture definition is stupid. It was developed to give power to immigrants from south of the Continental United States, many of whom are illegally in this country. And, it based almost solely upon a person’s ability to speak Spanish.

    In real life, people who come from Spanish speaking countries do not self-identify as Hispanic. They identify as Cuban, Mexican, Guatemalan, Puerto Rican, Spanish [those from Espania] and they do not appreciate being lumped in with other Spanish speaking immigrants, until it become advantageous to them.

    And, why should people, who speak Spanish, be anymore of a privileged minority than those who come from a background in s French speaking country [including France] or one that speaks Hungarian or Italian? This is simply identity politics fostered to provide a political advantage to a specific political party and ideology.

    Identity politics is evil

    “Irrelevant. As long as it appeals to them they will keep buying it”

    If it’s irrelevant it’s only because we allowed defining it as evil o be be irrelevant. We permitted it to be mainstreamed, it’s key terrain in the culture war that the Right surrendered.

    George Will once said “no one ever died from reading Der Sturmer, but he culture it served caused 6 million Jews to drop dead”.

    6 million+ dead because when the Nazis demonized Jews and scapegoated them as the cause of everyone’s misfortune, people like you and me Shrugged it off that Evil as irrelevant.

    Those who engage in identity politics should be shunned and run out of town. They should be regarded with the same contempt we show rapists and pedophiles. Instead, we have not onlt tolerated them, we have allowed them to spread their evil in our universities.

    It’s no coincidence that the BDS movement originates from the same crowd. It’s the same strain of sin.

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