Someone with one Hispanic parent and one non-Hispanic parent can choose to be Hispanic or not. And someone with no Hispanic ancestry at all can choose to be Hispanic or not.
The wording is "of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin." The choices are yes OR no. For persons who have Hispanic AND non-Hispanic origin, the answer is not a yes or no answer. It is Yes AND no.
If they are meaning to ask about identity
and not origins
, then they should ask just that. But even so, they should also leave the option of allowing people to identify partially with that group and partially with some other. I'm surprised to see you promoting the binary here Frank. Why can't a person be Hispanic and also be something else (as defined under the all inclusive umbrella of non-Hispanic)?
Or is it that a person with one drop of Hispanic identity or origin is all Hispanic?
(other than the obvious fact that the whole thing is silly)
I agree that the whole thing appears rather silly on the surface. But I fear that this sort of count also leaves much room for abuses that are no laughing matter.
If it is really intended by Hispanics just as an escape hatch from the US BW binary, than it is certainly passive aggressive. For this reason, and because it excludes other US multiracials who are not Hispanic, it strikes me as a strategy destined for failure. What it does do is single out and demarcate Spanish speakers as being something different from the rest of US Americans. It groups the vast array of diverse Spanish speaking cultures together as one lump (or at least a single category with three or more sub-categories) which stifles interest in permeability.
There is much allure is in the feeling of belonging to a large extended family. And then there are many "anti-discrimination" benefits and other tribal spoils that go along with belonging to a large ethno-political bloc. But this smells a lot to me like a revamping of America's two tired "Black" and "White" system such that "Black" and "White" are replaced by "Hispanic" and "non-Hispanic."