Did You Know?

Did you know the difference between Latino, Hispanic, and Spanish? If you are like the everyday Americans in the video then probably, no. But hat tip to Kat Lazo of Bustle and TheeKatsMeoww who settles the great debate once and for all with the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs2tdjzla8Y If there is anything Latinos hate is to be categorized in box and told who they are. We like to use labels created and used by us not manufactured by those who think what we should be called. Latinos are huge on self-expression and listening to them tell you who they are is important. Latinos are very precise in how they identify since it’s so integral to their identity. It is important to remember that there is no set way a Latino is supposed to look which is why Latino isn’t considered a race. The beauty of our culture is that it encompasses Afro-Latinos (the amazing Celia Cruz), Jewish Latinos (Don Francisco, yes, that one from Sábado Gigante, was born to German Jewish parents and is actually named Mario Luis Kreutzberger Blumenfeld!), and Asian Latinos (Enrique Iglesias’ mother is from the Philippines) just to name a few. There is a ridiculous amount of diversity in our culture that it’s as shame we are simplified and reduced to such negative labels. 

Personally, when people ask me what I identify as I tell them I consider myself puertorriqueña y salvadoreña. I feel immensely blessed to have been born an American but since I was born my parent’s culture has been at the root of who I am.

The best, most quick way to remember the difference between Hispanic and Latino is that the former is in reference to the Spanish language while the latter is in relation to geography.

‘Hispanic’ is English for a person of Latino origin who wants to be accepted by the white status quo. ‘Latino’ is the word we have always used for ourselves.” – Sandra Cisneros 


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