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Are Hispanics white?

I seem a little confused as to who and what I am. I know I'm of European and Scandinavian decent, and I would consider myself as white. Two murderers who escaped from the Daggett County Jail are also considered white — Danny Martin Gallegos and Juan Carlos Diaz-Arevalo (Deseret Morning News article, Sept. 25). I'm confused. Are the Hispanics of the Americas not of Mexican Indian origin? Should we also consider our Native American brothers as white? I find pride in who I am as others do with their ethnic backgrounds. Why are we considered the same race when we are not?

Steve Condie