Write a 625- to 850-word paper. The Latino/Hispanic group is the only ethnic category counted separately by the United States Census. According to the U.S. Census, a Latino/Hispanic person can be of any race.

Describe the variability within the larger ?Latin American? group, as defined by the U.S. Census, including the racial differences.

Include in the paper:

? When this census category became official (the first time it was used in the United States Census)

? At least five distinctive subgroups that belong under this broad category

? How people from Africa, both slaves and freemen, became part of the Latino population in Mexico, Central and South America, and the U.S.

? How Africans in Mexico, Central and South America were absorbed into the Hispanic population, while generally being kept separate in the U.S.

? How colorism affects membership within the Hispanic/Latino group today (i.e. a Mexican who is Black)

? The role of language

? The role of religion

? The role of culture

Format your paper consistent with appropriate course-level APA guidelines.

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