Thursday, August 6, 2009

What Race are Hispanics?

Some people think they know what Hispanics look like. But the more I meet Hispanics or Latinos, the more I realize there is such a great range there, mostly based on where their families are originally from.

An in-law's family left Croatia to settle in Chile. She was born in Chile, raised there, and her first language is Spanish--so she's a Latina, or Hispanic. But she doesn't look necessarily like what one might think a Hispanic or Latina woman would look like. And the stories are many and diverse about how people ended up in a Hispanic culture.

To put it simply: "Hispanic" is not a race, it's a culture. Hispanics can be of any race at all.

Please read Juan Tornoe's latest post on this topic, which is absolutely spot-on in my opinion. Feel free to post your comments in either place.

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