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Commentary: Are Latinos ethnics or just a racial minority?

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Some years ago, I shared cocktails along San Antonio's River Walk with Richard Estrada, the legendary columnist for The Dallas Morning News. Estrada would trace the nuances of the Mexican-American experience while framing it in the long sweep of American history.

I recall saying that U.S.-born Latinos didn't seem so much a racial minority to me as just another ethnic group. He responded with a definitive "yes."

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