View Full Version : Latin American "White". "White" Doesn't Have the Same Meaning in Latin America As It Does in America

Saturday, August 29th, 2009, 08:47 AM
A recent study finds Amerindian mitochondrial DNA haplogroups predominate in the population of Argentina (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19680675):

Amerindian haplogroups were most frequent in the north and south representing more than 60% of the sequences. A slightly different situation was observed in central Argentina where the Amerindian haplogroups represented less than 50%, and the European contribution was more relevant. [. . .] A minor contribution of African lineages was observed throughout the country.Autosomal evidence indicates Argentinians harbor substantial Amerindian (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15754971) and minor African (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15714513) admixture.

Regarding autosomal evidence of admixture, the relative European, native American, and West African genetic contributions to the gene pool of La Plata were estimated to be 67.55% (+/-2.7), 25.9% (+/-4.3), and 6.5% (+/-6.4), respectively.Argentina is generally perceived to be the whitest (http://hahr.dukejournals.org/cgi/content/short/88/1/71) country in Latin America. See Brazilian or Puerto Rican "whites" if you require further evidence "white" doesn't have the same meaning in Latin America as it does in America.


Sunday, December 13th, 2009, 03:38 PM
http://racehist.blogspot.com/2009/08/latin-american-white.html (http://forums.skadi.net/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fracehist .blogspot.com%2F2009%2F08%2Flatin-american-white.html)
I can't answer for Argentina, but in Brazil, european immigration lasted roughly 130 years, from 1825 to 1955. Previously to that, Brazil had a very small white population. The reason behind immigration was the end of the slave trade, in 1850. Brazil needed labourers. But politicians back then also saw a chance to whiten the country's population. Misigenation wasn't a natural process, it was a rational and planned programme. I, myself, am a product of whitening, since I do have indigenous ancestry. That's why I feel myself as an euro-BRAZILIAN, linked to Europe and BRAZIL by ties of blood, and not as a nostalgic castaway waiting for being rescued by my supposed peers across the ocean.

Monday, December 14th, 2009, 09:17 AM
I agree that much of Latin America uses the definition of white incorrectly. There are actual white people in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, etc, but in varying amounts. How many are truly of European descent, I have no idea. I take each individual as a case by case basis. Sadly though I never trust anyone from Latin America saying that they are white, I have to see them first. I know all too well that many of them identify themselves as white when they are obviously mixed. Sometimes it's deliberate, other times they simply do not know any better.