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Here's the problem with the term 'Hispanic'

Who is considered Hispanic? What does the word even mean? Behind the myth of the "Hispanic vote" is the disputed idea of Hispanic identity...

11/10/2020 5:06 PM

16 comments

  • Adriana O.
    11/14/2020 00:51

    I never cared for being identified as Hispanic or Latina as long as I wasn't called mexican or beanie (I am Ecuadorian), since THAT IS racist (much like when you call an asian descendent chinese regardless of where they where born, it's offensive) Why are we making problems out of such irrelevant things when there are bigger problems in the world?

  • Raul S.
    11/12/2020 23:23

    The truth is that we're a multifaceted people. There is no hispanic race, unless you embrace the idea of La Raza (not a supremacist term that some whites argue)...it's simply short for La Raza Cosmica - term coined by Jose Vasconcellos in the early 1900's. Basically embraces all of the races that come together as one "Cosmic Race" - white, indigenous, afro, asian.

  • Raul S.
    11/12/2020 23:19

    Latino - From "Latin America". Brought to prominence by the French in the 1860s. Historian John Leddy Phelan located the origins of the term Latin America in the French occupation of Mexico. His argument is that French imperialists used the concept of "Latin" America as a way to counter British imperialism, as well as to challenge the German threat to France (Wikipedia). Also negates the afro and indigenous backgrounds of most Latinos.

  • Raul S.
    11/12/2020 23:14

    Simple takeaways: Hispanic - was brought to prominence in the 1970 census. It grouped together people of spanish-speaking countries from the Americas but negates their Afro and Indigenous backgrounds.

  • Ana S.
    11/11/2020 15:20

    Latinx thing is a no for me

  • Luis D.
    11/11/2020 15:16

    He is making a mistake,the reason Latinos are called "Latinos" is because they speak a language that comes from Latin, and it is the same with countries whose languages have the same root (Latin) like France, Rumania, portugal and italy. Rosalia is Spanish,she is Hispanic and she is Latin of course. All the countries (and their people) who are connect to Hispania (original name of Spain) are Hispanic and Latino.

  • David S.
    11/11/2020 13:56

    vea la estupidez. Con razón en el norte terminan tocados de la cabeza 😂

  • Jalil B.
    11/11/2020 09:00

    After Trump embarrassment of sore loser twice, SeanHannity and Rush Limbaugh both are running for president right along with Trump. Three is Company 2024 .🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Teri L.
    11/11/2020 05:24

    More confused than before I watched that..

  • Serge T.
    11/11/2020 05:21

    But Hispanic is as problematic as black, or white, the problem is generalizing a group of people, we are all humans not matter what we come from

  • Rey V.
    11/10/2020 22:55

    We are the world 💓🌍 of love 💘😘☮️ peace ✌️ United God ❤️🙏 Almighty made them all 🙏💕 freedom of our Universe life is short 💗❤️ forget the war what's a wonderful world of life living God made them all Amen mabuhay po...

  • Charity A.
    11/10/2020 18:04

    Do not return the Hand of a Needy ... That hand is trying to give you Jannah.

  • Lindo J.
    11/10/2020 17:45

    In my opinion “Hispanic” is people with Spanish and Portuguese descent. Latino from a Latin derived language such as Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, etc. Latin American a person whose first language is derived from Latin and is American born.

  • Antonio B.
    11/10/2020 17:39

    It seems he doesn't understand what latino is. Latino refers to people whose native language is derived from the Latin language. By that definition, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese are Latinos. Now Latin-America is called Latin because their native language is of Latin roots given that they were influenced by Latin nations: Spain, Portugal, and France.

  • Efrain V.
    11/10/2020 17:32

    How about Tejano?

  • Marsha W.
    11/10/2020 17:21

    No wonder we are all confused, even this intelligent man, in his discussion, uses the term "race." When will we change that to ethnicity/ country of origin/ etc.? There is only one "race."

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