by Guest Contributor Alex Alvarez, originally published on Guanabee
A new study shows that Hispanic high schoolers are shooting up, getting drunk, having sex and offing themselves at a higher rate than their Black or White classmates. Because, again, Hispanics cannot be Black, White or Asian:
The study is the latest in a series of surveys of U.S. high school students every two years. The new report noted black and white students are reporting less sexual activity that in years past, but there was no decline among Hispanics. Experts have not been able to find a clear explanation for that.
High five! Oh, wait. That’s bad:
In addition, Hispanic students were more likely that either blacks or whites to attempt suicide, ride with a driver who had been drinking alcohol, or use cocaine, heroin or ecstasy.
Hispanics also most often drank alcohol on school property, were offered or sold illegal drugs, and occasionally skipped school because they feared for their safety.
The school environments many Hispanics face may differ considerably from what many blacks or whites encounter, noted Wechsler, director of the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health.
“There’s tremendous segregation in our schools,” Wechsler said, in an interview with The Associated Press.
This news is all very troubling, to be sure, but we’re just so distracted by the question of who, exactly, these Hispanic teens are.
If they’re not Black and not White are they…. Mulattos? Mestizos? Do they not identify with a racial group as well as an ethnic group? Or did the survey just not allow for that? Where would a, for example, Black teenager of Dominican ancestry fall? Are her problems Black or Hispanic? Which interest groups will help her, which will decide she’s not their problem? Why is this just a “Hispanic” problem?
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