What do Latinos say about colorism, discrimination and racism?

A study by the Pew Research Center reveals that the majority of Latinos say that skin color affects their options in the United States and determines daily life, and those Latinos with a darker complexion reported more situations of discrimination than Latinos with lighter skin. color.

On November 4, the Pew Research Center presented the results of a national bilingual study of 3,375 Latino adults in the United States on colorism, racial discrimination, and racism.

In general, the survey revealed that the majority of Latinos, or 62 percent of respondents, said that skin color affected the possibilities in the United States and to some extent conditioned the daily life of the country.

In 2019, Pew had also said that Latinos with darker skin are more likely to be discriminated against than those with lighter skin, that is, to be racially discriminated against, so on this year’s slope, they wanted to dig deeper not only into the discrimination against Latinos, but also in the discussions that Latinos have about racism.

For example, conversations about racial profiling and skin color occurred more frequently among Latinos with darker skin than among those with lighter skin, the report said. In addition, darker Latinos reported that they were treated unfairly by someone who was not Latino to a greater degree (42 percent), but without the big difference (41 percent), the discrimination also came from a Latino.

According to Census data, Latinos identified less with the white race, going from 53 percent in 2010 to about 20 percent in 2020, and the number of those identifying with the “second race” option increased from 37 percent to 42 percent resp.

To learn more about this report, we invited Jens Manuel Krogstad, an author and editor of the Pew Research Center, who has written about demographic trends in Latino.

Listen to our conversation below.

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