Affluence of Puerto Ricans versus Other Minorities

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Affluence of Puerto Ricans versus Other Minorities The term "Hispanic" which is used to describe Spanish-speaking American ethnic groups--mainly Mexican-Americans, but also Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Colombians, Salvadorans, Nicaraguans, and immigrants from other Latin American countries--may wind up having only a brief run in common parlance. It has been in official governmental use for only a few years; the Census Bureau did not extensively use the term "Hispanic" until the 1980 census. Now it faces two threats: First, although most Hispanic groups are comfortable with the term, another name, "Latino," is gaining favor, especially on campuses, because it implies that Latin America has a distinctive indigenous culture, rather than being just a step-child of Spain. Second, the very idea that it is useful to try to understand all Americans with Spanish-speaking backgrounds as members of a single group tends to crumble on examination. Cubans, who are much more prosperous than the other Hispanic subgroups, have now risen above the national mean in f...

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