According to the U.S. census, "Mexican" is labeled as an ethnic or national identity, not a racial identity. To understand more about the meaning and experience behind Mexican identity, I conducted 13 interviews with people who self-identify as Mexican. I found a disconnect between how people self-identify and how they situate themselves within categories that differ from their understandings of race. People described what it means to be Mexican through culture and shared peoplehood regardless of country of origin. They shared experiences being racialized in the U.S., but did not have a similar pattern in defining what race or ethnicity mean.
Muñoz, Jessica, "Mexican Identity Beyond Labels, Beyond Borders" (2014). Sociology Honors Projects. Paper 46.
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