From the South Gate Patch:
While collecting population data, the Census Bureau now identifies the white racial category as "white, non-Hispanic," and allows for Latinos to use both racial and ethnic identifiers to categorize themselves. Some groups of Latinos, such as Afro Latinos, often self-identify in both racial and ethnic terms. Ruben Rumbaut, a professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine, told NPR last year that, "in the year 2000, persons that checked that they were Hispanic, when they answer the question on race, approximately 48 percent check white and another 43 percent check some other race." Fair skinned celebrities such as the blonde Cameron Diaz, the blue-eyed Alexis Bledel, and the red-haired Louis C.K self-identify as Latino based on their ethnic make up. While it remains unclear if Zimmerman would classify himself as a "white Hispanic", his case surely draws attention to the increasingly complex racial and ethnic make up of many Latino Americans.

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