I have been thinking about this subject. What would stop someone from claiming to be hispanic for instance. In my case for example, I am Italian but could easily pass for hispanic. Also My grandfathers mother was spanish or something like it???. I am not going to do this but what would stop someone from doing something like this. From what I have seen if I was hispanic my numbers would get me in about anywhere.
That, my fried, is a good question. The distinction "hispanic" is a very, VERY fluid concept. Some people take it to mean only latin/south american in descent. Some people take it as any spanish decendant. Some people take as where you were raised. Some take it as how you look. My husband is an italian who is frequently mistaken for Mexican due to his coloring. He used to work in the dairy department of the grocery store and people would ask the manager if he spoke any english instead of just talking to him to find out. Many of his friends even though he was hispanic before they got to know him. In that sense, he's been sharing some of the same prejudice as someone who is actually hispanic, by any definition. But is that how they define it? One would assume not. But then how should they? This is the eternal question.