Latinos must sign ethnic affidavit to qualify for New York City business program
- June 8, 2012
- Ruben Rumbaut, sociology professor, is quoted in the Huffington Post, June 7, 2012
From the Huffington Post:
In New York, Latino entrepreneurs who want to take advantage of a city program designed to give businesses owned by women and minorities access to information and guidance, must first swear that they are Hispanic, in the way that the city defines it. Before Latino applicants can qualify they must sign an affidavit confirming their ethnic identity. Ruben Rumbaut, a professor of sociology at the University of California at Irvine, said in an interview with NPR last year that trying to define the terms such as Latino or Hispanic is increasingly difficult. Racial and ethnic categorization, he said, is "not a biological given." Rather, he said, it's "a social and legal and political construction whose meaning changes over time."
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