Americans who self-identify as Hispanic are more aligned with Democrats and, since this group is growing as a percentage of our population, many Democrats think they’ll gain a significant advantage over Republicans in coming years.
They’re wrong for two reasons.
- The first is intermarriage. A quarter of all Latinos marry someone non-Latino. My father-in-law was the product of a Latino-Irish marriage. He considered himself primarily American and was equally devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Patrick.
- The second is the tendency of ethnic identity to fade with each new generation of Americans. A Pew study found that, by the fourth generation, only a quarter of of those with some Hispanic ancestry self-identified as Hispanic.
William Jacobson points out that intermarriage and fading self-identification across generations are both good for America. I think the threat they pose to the future of the Democrats’ divisive politics is great for America.