I knew a black Dominican girl who was more browned skinned than I am, had very beautiful tightly curled hair, was clearly of African descent. She claimed, adamantly, that she was white Caucasian. It's my understanding that many Latin people check that they are white, and identify as white, when indeed they are more African, or more indigenous. It's quite twisted, and the attitudes in the countries are often similar to pre-Civil Rights Movement in the US. There's so little open attention to race related issues. The situation gets swept under the rug; and yet, it's all so glaringly obvious if you are familiar with the culture, or just turn on Telemundo.