Latino and Black Americans more likely to perceive their origins as central to their identity

The Pew Research Center released a report detailing how Latino and Black Americans are more in tune with their origins than White Americans.

According to the Pew data, as many as six-in-ten Americans are very familiar with their origins and feel a strong connection, in comparison to White Americans.

The Pew authors surveyed 3,535 U.S. adults in early-2020.

“Overall, six-in-ten U.S. adults said they are very familiar with their origins, according to the survey. But not quite half (46%) said they feel a strong connection to their family’s cultural roots. And only a third said their origin is central to their identity,” the Pew authors wrote in their report.

“However, Hispanic adults, especially immigrants, were more likely to be familiar with their origins than single-race Black or White adults. A majority of Hispanic and Black respondents, but not of Whites, said they feel a strong connection to their roots. And about half or more of Hispanic and Black respondents said their origin is central to their identity, but only about a quarter of Whites said so.”

The Pew data also showed that Latino and Black adults were more likely to feel that their origins are central to their identity. The majority, or 55 percent, of Black Americans, agreed with this, while 54 percent of Latinos did.

“The survey findings about familiarity and connection to one’s origins are closely related. Those who were familiar with their origins were far more likely to feel strong connections to their roots and see their origins as central to their identity, and the reverse was also true,” the Pew authors determined.

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