My earlier column for Truthout posed the question: "Are Mexicans Indigenous?" The context of this question complicates the answer(s).
De-indigenized Mexicans and Central Americans in the United States generally share a maiz culture, as do most Amer-Indigenous peoples of the continent who also share in those 7,000-year-old roots.
Yet, how are these peoples, which include Mexican Americans or Chicanx, viewed by the US government, the mainstream mass media and schools? Most importantly, how do they view themselves? For rest of column, go to: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/42526-how-the-us-census-historically-whitewashes-non-white-populations