The RACE question has confused Latinos since the beginning, and it still does today. Latinos have never been considered a RACE and won’t be in the foreseeable future. The best we can do is know how to answer the question and try to understand.
Question 9 is the RACE Question. As many Latinos often do, we answer a question with a question, especially when we don’t know the answer and need time to think.
So, we ask, Isn’t Latino/Hispanic my race? The short answer is NO. According to the Census Bureau, Hispanic origin and race are two different concepts. We answered the Origin concept in Question 8. Even though many Latinos consider their Hispanic background to be their “RACE”, the Courts have ruled that we’re not so the Census Bureau says being Latino is our “Origin”, but not a RACE.
So after your answer in Question 8, the Census knows you are of HISPANIC ORIGIN. In the next question the Census wants to know to which RACE do you belong.
Question 9 is about RACE.