May 30, 2012

A Conversation About Identity


The Pew Hispanic Center recently published “When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity.” The report was based on a new nationwide survey that found most Hispanics don’t embrace the term “Hispanic.” And even fewer prefer the term “Latino.”

In the days following the release, hundreds of people offered their observations on social media, and scores of newspapers and websites published articles, commentaries and editorials. Some of our readers emailed us with their own opinions and stories.

It’s a fascinating topic, and we’d like to continue the conversation. So we invited journalists, scholars and civic leaders to share their views. Each day for the next two weeks, we will publish one of these commentaries here.

(Click on the photos below to read the commentaries.)

Esther Cepeda
I’m a Minority Within a Minority

Janet Murguía
Diverse Identities but Much Common Ground

Alicia Menendez
My Gringa Mother

Arturo Vargas
Labels Aside, Latinos Share Common Values

Gabriel Escobar
“Where are You From?”

Sandra Lilley
Wonderfully American

Juan Carlos Lopez
Looking Beyond the Debate on Immigration

Jody Vallejo
Latino Ethnicity and America’s Future

Views in this conversation series are those of each author alone, and not the views of the Pew Hispanic Center, which is nonpartisan and non-advocacy.