Hispanics may become a race of their own in the U.S. Census — a major change that some Latino advocacy groups are opposing.
Currently, the Census considers Hispanic not a race but an ethnic background. Hispanics can be of any race, and Hispanic origin is asked on Census forms in a question separate from the one about race.
Now, the Census is considering eliminating the Hispanic origin question and combining it with the race question in a “race or origin” category.
The change would be the biggest adjustment to Census questions about race since the 2000 Census, when people for the first time were allowed to check more than one race — a nod to the nation’s growing multiracial population.