A friend of mine, a Hispanic entrepreneur, asked me a question some time ago. He said, "When is the last time you saw an Hispanic panhandler?" I think it’s a great question. I’ll tell you, in my life I never once have seen a Hispanic panhandler because in our community, it would be viewed as shameful to be out on the street begging.... Ted Cruz, Texas GOP Senate candidate
I never really thought about this, but it rings very true to my local experience. I don't recall ever encountering an Asian panhandler, either. I could be forgetting, but I'd wager that about 90% of the panhandlers I encounter are black and the rest white.* I might encounter a dozen panhandlers a day and I probably see half of them most days because they occupy the same locations most days. That in mind, it is still actually a miniscule percentage of black or white people who panhandle. Still, I wonder if there are especially strong cultural prohibitions on panhandling among Mexicans (that's the Hispanic group I have by far the most contact with on a regular basis).
These conversations and observations can make people uncomfortable, but I'm talking about differences that are so stark that I'd have to be just about brain-dead not to notice. I can think of a number of possible reasons for the differences, and I expect ideology/politics/social identity might influence some people's preferred explanations.
*Wikipedia reports the racial makeup of the Chicago in 2010 was 45.0% white, 32.9% black, 28.9% Hispanic of any race, 5.5% Asian, 0.5% Native American, 13.6% from other races, and 2.7% from two or more races.