I thought Hispanics were white

The AP reports on some record-setting women:

There were 1,470,152 babies born to single women in 2004, 35.7 percent of all births in the country, NCHS said. That was up from 1,415,995 a year earlier…. Births to whites declined by nearly 18,000 while Hispanics were up 32,000, there was an increase of more than 8,000 in births to Asians and a rise of just 72 births among black women.

It’s so hard to keep up on who the government has decided is what these days. But since we’ve apparently decided there is no such thing as race and that all cultures everywhere are equal, it seems strange that we need to bother doing this sort of record-keeping. If people truly believe that race is irrelevant or even nonexistent, then why does the government – which nominally opposes racism – keep such copious records of it? Why should there even be any checkboxes in the first place?

Anyhow, I don’t see any cause for concern here. I’m sure those few Latin Americans who don’t hail from countries with a strong republican tradition of limited democracy and Constitutional government will readily adopt the cultural traditions of white males of European descent dead for two centuries. Especially since Americans of all colors are so highly respectful of the cultural traditions belonging to living white males of European descent.