Mestizo Americans are Latino Americans whose racial and/or ethnic identity is Mestizo, i.e. a mixed ancestry of European and Amerindian from Latin America (usually Ibero-Indigenous mixed ancestry).

This group does not include Métis people of the United States (a specific community with shared culture and history, often with French-Indigenous mixed ancestry) or Métis people of Canada (usually with Franco-Indigenous or Scottish-Indigenous mixed ancestry) residing in the United States, nor does it include Tejanos, Nuevomexicanos, Louisiana Creoles, nor Multiracial Americans, whose ethnic identity is Native American or Latin American Amerindian. Their commonality is that they are all descendants of the Indigenous Amerindians and Europeans. Many Mestizos identify with their Amerindian ancestry while others tend to self-identify with their European ancestry. Others still celebrate both.

It is difficult to know the exact number of Latino Americans self-identifying as Mestizo, in part because "Mestizo" is not an official racial category in the Census. According to the 2010 United States Census, 36.7% of the 52 million Latino Americans identify as "some other race",[2] and most of the remainder consider themselves white. Further complicating matters is the fact that many federal agencies such as the CDC[3] or CIA[4] do not even recognize the "some other race" category, including this population in the white category.

Representation in the media

Mestizos are overrepresented in the US mass media and in general American social perceptions, as Latino is often mistakenly given racial values, usually non-white and mixed race, such as Mestizo or Mulatto, in spite of the racial diversity of Latino Americans, while they are overlooked in the US Latino mass media and in general US Latino social perceptions; critics have accused the US Latino mass media of overlooking the Mestizo, Mulatto and other multiracial Latino populations, the Latin American Indigenous peoples, the black Latino populations and the stereotypical white Latinos with olive skin, dark hair, and dark eyes by excluding them in favor of blond, blue/green-eyed white Latino Americans, along with light-skinned Mulatto and Mestizo Latino Americans.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

See also


  1. ^ "2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates: HISPANIC OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 14, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ "Overview of Race and Hispanic Origin: 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-10-23.
  3. ^ "National Vital Statistics Report". 24 November 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  4. ^ "The World Factbook — Central Intelligence Agency". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Typical stereotypes of Hispanics", NLCATP (National Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco Prevention), March 14, 2014
  6. ^ Genetic makeup of Hispanic/Latino Americans influenced by Native American, European and African-American ancestries, Science Daily, May 31, 2010
  7. ^ Quinonez, Ernesto (2003-06-19). "Y Tu Black Mama Tambien". Retrieved 2008-05-02.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2005-07-19. Retrieved 2017-09-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "LatinoLA - Forum :: Blonde, Blue-Eyed, Euro-Cute Latinos on Spanish TV". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Latinos not reflected on Spanish TV". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  11. ^ "What are Telenovelas?". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Racial Bias Charged On Spanish-language Tv". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  13. ^ "". Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Pride or prejudice?". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  15. ^ POV (23 January 1999). "Film Description - Corpus - POV - PBS". Retrieved 18 January 2018.

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