Is a light-skinned Latino NOT a Latino? If you come from Spanish ancestry (lighter than German or Norwegian) but named "Gonzales" are you able to claim special treatment under the Voting Rights Act (much less EEO hands on the scale)?
Are "Latinos" or "Hispanics" based on skin color? National origin? My wife is from Mexico and I assure you is Mestizo. But she has light skin and her father has not only light skin but grey/blue eyes. So being from Mexico makes her Latina? Not according to the race-baiters.
Bottom line: There is no definition of "Latino/a" or "Hispanic" or "Mestizo/a" -- it is a construct of those who would use their last name (real or assigned as in "Villaregosa") to further their political agenda.
My fellow FReepers, I urge you to challenge each and every person who uses the term "Latino/a" or "Hispanic" to define it!
They let “Latinos” determine who is Latino; it is so vague I think anyone can fit in there.
The racial politics will get worse as blacks are continuously displaced by Hispanics in schools, the workplace, political office, even prison. Companies may now hire Hispanics and meet sufficient racial quotas (which are illegal, but constantly used to sue companies) so as to avoid hiring blacks altogether if they so choose; there is no more use for the “token black”.