Hispanic or Latino?

I cringe everytime someone uses the word Latino when generically speaking of Spanish-speaking people. I prefer to be called Spanish or Hispanic. Some people may disagree with me but I think that calling me a Hispanic describes my true ethnical and cultural origin. Although many people will bring the fact that the colonization of America by the Spanish conquerors was bloody and opressive, we still owe to Spain the origin of our countries. From Mexico to Patagonia and the Large Antilles, the Spanish conquistadores left their footprint in the form of language, architecture, religion, cooking, stories, art, crafts and culture.
In contrast, a Latino is anyone who descends from people that speak a Romance language like: French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and Romanian. By that definition, when we speak of Latin America we include countries like Brasil, Haiti, French Guyana and, Surinam. The same definition could apply to Italian-Americans, French-Americans, French-Canadians, and Cajun people.

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lemonie5 years ago
Question whether a word needs to be used at all, and for what purpose.
Can you give me an example?

blkhawk (author)  lemonie5 years ago
Personally I prefer to be called Spanish or Hispanic. Being called a Latino is not wrong but it is a more of a generic term.
lemonie blkhawk5 years ago
Yes, I'm asking if it's necessary to even call you Spanish, you have at least one name already.

Why have race .... Why cant every color n ethnicity just be the same but no we have to have a war n hurt ppl
blkhawk (author)  FlatLinerMEDIC5 years ago
The topic is about my preference for naming my/our ethnicity it wasn't about race. The use of the term "race" to designate people of different ethnicity was popularized by 19th century European anthropologist and other scientists to justify colonialism.
No matter which term you use, someone will be offended. There was a big fuss over a local bookstore a couple of years ago. They had labeled a shelf of books (cooking? travel? IDK) "Hispanic" and a customer pitched a fit. The store manager apologized and changed it to "Latino" and other customers threw an equally loud fit. I think 90% were fine with either term but a few saw an insult where none was intended and it made the news
blkhawk (author)  CatTrampoline5 years ago
Wow! I didn't think this was such a controversial subject. I prefer to be called Hispanic because that is my heritage although Latino is not technically wrong.
I prefer mexican. I speak mexican not spanish spanish. I eat mexican food not french inspired spanish cuisine lol mexican just is sexier too:)
blkhawk (author)  FlatLinerMEDIC5 years ago
Come on! I am Puertorrican and I don't speak "Puertorrican". Although I agree with you about the Mexican food. I love it. About sexy I have to say that Leticia Calderon can have me anytime! :)
This topic is confusing since you bear the Corsican shield. But there are "dialects" of Spanish. Many of my friends from Ecuador have a hard time getting some parts of what my Puerto Rican friends say. It may be different speech patterns, slang, mix with English or speed at which they are talking. Then again, comparably there are so many dialects of Chinese that exist, with the "country" dialect I learned growing up, I find it hard to understand Mandarin or formal Cantonese.
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