For Hispanics living in the United States, Hispanic identity is multidimensional and multifaceted. Measuring racial identity among Hispanics has proved challenging for the Census Bureau. Currently, the Hispanic category is described on census survey forms as an ethnic origin and not a race. It is asked about separately from the race question, a practice also followed by many other surveys.
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Afro-Mexicans Spanish : afromexicanos , also known as Black Mexicans Spanish : mexicanos negros ,  are Mexicans who have predominant heritage from Sub-Saharan Africa   and identify as such. As a single population, Afro-Mexicans include individuals descended from enslaved Africans brought to Mexico during the colonial era in the transatlantic African slave trade ,  relatively new migrants including Afro-descended people from neighboring English , French , and Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean and Central America , descendants of enslaved Africans who escaped to Mexico from the Deep South during Slavery in the United States , and to a lesser extent recent migrants directly from Africa. Afro-Mexicans are individuals who have African blood because their ancestors were brought to Mexico during the colonial era. Today, there are communities in Mexico that obtain large percentages of African ancestry. As opposed to other Spanish-speaking countries in Latin America with visible Afro-Latino populations, the history of Africans in Mexico has been lesser known for a number of reasons. Included among these reasons were Negrophobia , intermarriage with Indigenous Mexican groups, racism in Mexico and other Latin-American countries , and Mexico's tradition of defining itself as a " Mestizo " country. The issue with this is not all Mexicans are Mestizo and there are large percentages of European and indigenous Mexicans due to the separation of racial mixing during Mexico's caste system known as Casta.
Negro? Prieto? Moreno? A Question of Identity for Black Mexicans
More than a million people in Mexico are descended from African slaves and identify as "black", "dark" or "Afro-Mexican" even if they don't look black. But beyond the southern state of Oaxaca they are little-known and the community's leaders are now warning of possible radical steps to achieve official recognition. He was visiting the capital, Mexico City, hundreds of miles from his home in southern Mexico, when the police stopped him on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant. Fortunately his rendition of the anthem and his knowledge of political leaders convinced the police to leave him alone, but other Afro-Mexicans have not been so fortunate. Clemente Jesus Lopez, who runs the government office in charge of Afro-Mexicans in Oaxaca state, recalls two separate cases, both involving women.
Los Angeles CNN As the biggest names in entertainment converged Sunday on the Oscars red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, about 10 miles to the east, artists, academics and community leaders gathered in Los Angeles' historically Chicano community for a different sort of cultural event. I think thats my biggest challenge is convincing people that I don't have to. That I can be what I want to be and that's a Blaxican.