So what race are Hispanics? They can be Asian, Black, Pacific Islander, White, Native American, or any combination of two or more of these. The Latino community is nothing short of a genetic kaleidoscope. The answer to the question is, “Any of the above.” Even the Census Bureau has stated that “Hispanics can be of any race, any ancestry, any country of origin.”
Each one of the racial categories mentioned above “shares certain distinctive physical traits.” When you begin to look closely at the Latino community as a whole, you begin to notice that you simply can’t organize it by race; there’s just too many who don’t fit the finite number of races. Most fit in the last category, “a combination of two or more races.” Yes, many are “mestizos” or of mixed racial ancestry. Still, there are some pure bred White, Black or Asian individuals who identify themselves as Latinos.