Hispanic or Latinx/e?

by | Mar 16, 2017 | 10 comments

One of the most surprising things I learned when I first moved to Italy was how Italians would say “Eh, alla fine sono latino” which translates to “After all, I am Latino.” Having been born and raised in the Americas, what I knew and understood about the concept of “Latinidad” was very limited. It wasn’t until I was living in Italy that it dawned on me: the “Latino” label comes from the language, Latin, from the Romans themselves. I learned that Italians, thanks to their Roman roots, are the original “Latinos.” Their language and culture spread throughout Europe as their empire grew.  The more time I spent living in Italy and traveling in Western Europe, meeting people from various European Latin countries, it amazed me to learn how much people from Latin America have in common with them — the food, the family values, the approach to life, the language, and more. Now that I have worked in anti-racism for several years I understand these similarities come from violence and colonization.

This article seeks to give textbook definitions of the words to non Latinx/e, mestizo or Pan American people but doesn’t seek to infringe on people’s right or desire to identify differently. I wrote this in 2015 and now I no longer identify as Latinx/a myself. – Mavi

Latin America and Latin Europe:

Italy, France, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Monaco, San Marino, Andorra, and the Vatican City are the countries in Europe that were originally considered ‘Latino”. They share the Romance language root of Latin and they also share similar cultural values. Because of this, these countries are also sometimes called Romance-Speaking Europe. In short, if your culture is heavily influenced by Roman culture, you are Latinx even if you are in Europe.

What my American readers may already know is that the former colonies of these countries in America are now considered “Latin America” and their people are called “Latin@s.” This includes countries where Spanish or Portuguese is spoken and many cultural traits are shared by both Latin America and Latin Europe.

Don’t forget one other country that has a large Spanish influence and as such is also quite Latin: the Philippines. The country was colonized and occupied by Spain for over 300 years and its cultural influence is palpable. They however, don’t widely identify as Latinx/e.

The reach extends to many countries in Africa as well where French and other Romance languages are spoken as a result of centuries of imperialism and colonialism. As you see, the word Latin is quite broad in scope, so make sure you use it wisely.

It is important to note, however, that the word “Latino” in the social context we use today was coined by two Latino businessmen seeking a way to homogenize the people of Latin America for the sake of marketing. The literal meaning of the term isn’t the way people use the word. It is usually only meant to refer to the people of Latin America including non-Spanish-speaking countries like Brazil.

Latin Union:

Below is a map of all the countries that speak a Romance language, many of which once comprised the now-defunct Latin Union, an organization started in Spain with the purpose of preserving the values and languages associated with Latin culture. Due to financial difficulties, the organization shut its doors in 2012. By the definition of membership, even Miami, Florida in the United States would be considered a part of the union.

The Former "Latin Union" as it appeared back in 2012

Then what is “Hispanic”?

Hispanics are a more narrow segment of the broad Latino/e/x population. They are the Latines who speak Spanish or Castillian. Many call this group of people Hispanic-speaking as it refers directly to their language and not every other aspect of Latin influence.

All Hispanics are Latinx but not all Latinx are Hispanic.

Although Hispanics are by definition Latinx, not all Latinx are Hispanic. Latinx are much more diverse and spread throughout most continents whereas Hispanics are concentrated in Latin America and Spain. It’s this simple: if their mother tongue is Spanish they are Hispanic. If their mother tongue is Spanish or any other Romance language and they share some basic influences from Roman culture, they too are Latinx.

What is most important to know about the term is that it wasn’t a term this group of people chose for themselves but it was given to them specifically in the United States under the Nixon administration. It appeared in the census as a way to racialize Spanish-speaking immigrants. Many Spanish-speaking Latines identify ONLY as Hispanic often related to the time period they migrated to the United States.

What it means for organizations:

Languages and Cultures

I have lived in the South Florida region, in Miami to be specific, off and on over the years so most of my clients are in that part of the world. It is important to understand the distinction of Latinx vs. Hispanic to better speak to either segment. When speaking to Hispanics you must obviously ensure Spanish is used but when your marketing is best targeted for the wider Latinx audience, remember you may have to include French, Portuguese, and with it the many cultural nuances that come with each country of origin.

When I worked at UPS, our region handled Canada and Latin America. We did press releases in Spanish, Portuguese, and Canadian French to cater to these regions. Although the message was often the same, the languages had to be perfect in their translation and the cultural nuances had to be considered when releasing them as well.

The Labels

The main thing to remember is that many people who are either or both don’t even realize there is a difference. Many use the terms interchangeably and that isn’t always correct. I certainly didn’t know any better, even after working for years in pan-regional marketing targeting Latam. It may seem that it’s common knowledge but it isn’t! Therefore, make sure you approach each label with care and ensure you honor the mother tongue appropriately in each scenario by avoiding translation software as much as possible.

Most importantly people are moving away from BOTH labels because of their ties and roots in the violence of colonialism. Many people from the region are seeking to identify by their individual country, region, or the original people of their region from whom they descend. They believe both terms to be tools of white supremacy and an attempt at erasure of the parts of the culture that are Black or Indigenous. Others think one term to try to homogenize the unique and rich experience of each country’s culture is inherently microaggressive. Lastly, some folks feel like Latinidad is a unique experience to people from Latin America and the Caribbean and any European using the term is engaging in cultural appropriation of the experience Latines have. As you can see social constructs are complex because they are created by humans and the human experience of culture and identity is everchanging.

The Race Issue:

That’s the richest and complex part of this story. Latinx/e/os come in ALL races and a variety of ethnicities. We are white, Black, Native, and Asian as well as every combination therein. Whether race defines us or not is up to each individual. This is why making vast generalizations about Latinx/e or Hispanic people can land you in some interesting situations. I’ve seen marketing from people saying “Latina women have dark hair” or “Hispanic men are short.” Our physical appearance is the most diverse of any other racial and ethnic classification on the planet so oversimplification of what we look like, eat, or how we behave can be offensive. In short, keep it light and get to know your target market really well. Define it with meticulous attention to detail to ensure you really understand your audience. Never forget that no group is a monolith and people in this group are extremely diverse and their cutural and racial identity is always evolving.

So… Now what?

mediaGalleryIt turns out that Latinx existed long before the Caribbean islands were invaded by Columbus, an cruel, violent, Italian man with a Spanish agenda. It was he who started the flood of European influence to the Americas. In reality Latinx means from Italy and Hispanic means from Spain! Many of the people we now most commonly call Latinx were (or are) Natives (incorrectly called Indios) with their own wide array of languages, religions, and cultures… but that’s a lesson for another time.

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  1. Cibelli

    BRAINWASHED CULTURAL APPROPRIATION WILL NEVER BE LATIN CULTURE. Latin America got its name ONLY to mean the part of the Americas conquered by LATIN EUROPE and Latin Europe was Latinized by ITALY. Latin America is Not Latin origin conquered native Americans/ supposedly  “mestizos” are Not Latin men and women Latin History can NOT be changed by delusional people who embrace how the USA misuses Latin identity. LATINOS AKA LATINS ARE US EXOTIC ROMAN DERIVED PEOPLE. Latin Culture History and Ethnicity is NOT interchangeable. 👌🏽✊🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
    Latin culture aka the Largest culturally appropriated Heritage of the century specifically in the USA and by those who foolishly and wrongfully embrace how Latin identity is MISUSED in places like the USA and Canada Latin America is NOT Latin origin therefore these people are NOT Latino they’re conquered native Americans some pure some mixed which is mestizo NOT Latino . Latin America has absolutely NOTHING to do with the accomplishments of Latin culture and those who are born and raised in “Latin” America are very aware of that. In REAL LATIN CULTURE Latino is Not a term used to identify the native Americans /Mestizos/Afro mixed Native Americans except of course other than in the culturally corrupt delusional USA where Latin culture has lost all meaning EXCEPT for us EDUCATED Latin peoples of course such as an Exotic ITALIANA as myself aka a TRUE LATINA. The only people who call themselves “Latino” from the Americas as In they are born and raised in south Central America/Mexico are cultural appropriators who take advantage of USA ignorance in how Latin identity is misused when dealing with IGNORANT North Americans because it’s become trending propaganda for these people to do so vs actual ethnicity which is what being Latin is. NO proud Educated latin man or woman would ever call people from the south Central America and Mexico Latin men and women Latino or Latina because their Ancestry is FACTUALLY NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LATIN CULTURE. And the Only people who would do so are uneducated confused peoples this is mainly people from the USA such as this being labeled Latin when absolutely NOTHING Latin comes from “Latin” America NOR SPAIN👌🏽🇮🇹ALL things LATIN/LATINO FACTUALLY AND HISTORICALLY COME FROM ITALY. WHICH LATINIZED LATIN EUROPE AND LATIN EUROPE CONQUERED THE AMERICAS AND THAT IS ALL LATIN IN LATIN AMERICA MEANS. Latin History can NOT be rewritten by delusional peoples who Embrace how the USA MISUSES Latin identity👌🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹👌🏽Hence how Latina Italy got the name LATINA. Latin is Not a race Latin is Not a Trend and being Latin Is Not a theoretical “preferred choice” simply because you like how it sounds to be mistaken as Latin by uneducated Americans. The term Latino HISTORICALLY derives from the term Latini. The Latini was the very first Latin tribe to ever exist whom inhabited central ITALY. Latini is plural for Latino because the Latini tribe was many Latin people aka more than one hence The plural form Latini. Latini literally means more than one LATINO and Latino is Singular. Latin History , Latin Linguistics, and Latin Ethnicity are NOT interchangeable. And there are No “white Latins” as Us *WOG* Latin men Latino and Latin women Latina Are Exotic due to our Genetic mixture common upon Ethnic Mediterranean people, White Anglo saxon Europeans are NOT Latino as Latino is Not a group of people Despite of Ethnicity. Example Eoxitc Italian-Latini (again plural for Latino) are an Historic Ancient but prevalent mixture such as middle eastern/Arabic, Asian, African, indigenous Eastern European, and with other Indigenous Mediterranean contributors and we are all these things mixed together again Historic and this news is as old as dust if you’re EDUCATED. white Europeans can Not reproduce Exotic Latin Europeans as they are Obviously Not responsible for our Genetics and HENCE why they look Nothing like Us and Hence why whites have ZERO Latin Beauty. and the common terminology is Latin Blood in REAL Latin culture such as Italian culture. And A Hispanic is some one from Hispania which is Latin for SPAIN. One is NOT Hispanic unless you are of prominent Spanish ancestry! being a Byproduct of colonialism is Not being Latino NOR Hispanic .  Being Latin is NOT this delusional “preferred choice” simply because one likes the way it sounds to be referred to as “Latin” By UNEDUCATED Brainwashed USA people. Wrongfully and foolishly Calling yourself “Latino” and “Latina” does Not magically make you “Latin” .  BRAINWASHED CULTURALLY UNROOTED PEOPLE SUCH AS YOU DO NOT AND WILL NEVER speak for US CULTURALLY Rooted REAL Latino people such as US Exotic ITALIANS And us OTHER ROMAN DERIVED ***WOG*** LATINO EUROPEANS. Lol that’s funny. You are speaking from a North American Culturally appropriated Genocidal perspective because that’s what you’ve been brainwashed to be and it end there. You have No clue what us KEY WORDS *CULTURALLY ROOTED* REAL LATINOS Prefer as you have No ties Nor connection with us and OUR CULTURE. It’s not your fault BRAINWASHED Uneducated north Americans foolishly call people like you Latino Lol there is Not one single North American who can grant you other peoples cultural identity that thier ancestry is HISTORICALLY RESPONSIBLE for. Ignorant fools calling NATIVE Americans “Latino” who have ZERO SANGUE LATINO does Not magically change your ethnicity Nor will it ever grant you the right to misuse our identity that again our elders and ancestors are responsible for and passed down threw OUR VEINS HENCE why in CULTURALLY ROOTED LATIN CULTURE SUCH AS ITALIAN CULTURE WE COMMONLY SAY LATIN BLOOD AKA SANGUE LATINO SOMETHING YOUR PEOPLE WILL NEVER HAVE OUR CULTURE IS NOT A TREND SIMPLY BECAUSE THOSE LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT TO HATE YOUR ACTUAL CULTURE WHILE BEING BRAINWASHED TO APPROPRIATE OTHER PEOPLES IDENTITY. BEING LATINO IS ETHNICITY NOT A DELUSIONAL PREFERRED CHOICE, YOU DONT GET TO CHOOSE YOUR ETHNICITY. NORTH AMERICAN GENOCIDAL TRENDING PROPAGANDA DOES NOT REWRITE LATIN HISTORY AND US TRUE LATIN PEOPLE WHO TRULY BELONG TO IT. NORTH AMERICA DOES NOT DECIDE WHAT BEING LATINO IS AS NORTH AMERICA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LATIN CULTURE JUST LIKE SOUTH CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LATIN CULTURE AND NOTHING CAN EVER CHANGE THAT.   Lol you OBVIOUSLY are not a real Italian as NO Culturally ROOTED italian/ Other Latino European would ever say LATINO is Not latin you could not have LATINO without latin and latin is Rome and LATIN EUROPE. NO TRUE CULTURALLY ROOTED ITALIAN/LATINO EUROPEAN WOULD EVER DENY AND DISREGARD OUR LATINITY/LATINITAS. THAT IS US EXOTIC PROUD WOGS KEY WORD *WOG* ITALIANS WHICH EXCLUDES MOST NORTHERN ITALIANS/EUROPEANS WHOM ARE MOSTLY WHITE AND HAVE ZERO SANGUE LATINO AKA LATIN BLOOD AS IT IS THE WHITE EUROPEANS WHO GAVE US THE RACIAL SLURS LIKE WOGS THAT WE NOW PROUDLY EMBRACE.✊🏼✊🏼✊🏼 WHY WOULD WE WANT WRINKLE PRONE SKIN AND SQUARE HIPS AND FLAT CHEST LIKE WHITE WOMEN AND LIKE THE NON LATINA NATIVE AMERICANS AND MESTIZOS OF SOUTH CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO?! LOL WE WOULD NOT. US ROOTED ITALIANS/LATINO EUROPEANS DONT REFER TO OURSELVES AS LATIN BLOOD SANGUE LATINO, LATIN LOVERS AMANTE LATINO,  AND LATIN TEMPER TEMPERAMENTO LATINO FOR JUST NO REASON AT ALL AS ALL THOSE COMMONLY USED TERMS WHERE INVENTED BY US FOR US! WE ARE PROUD TO BE TRUE LATINO PEOPLE HENCE WHY WHEN YOU GO TO ITALY/LATIN EUROPE ACTUALLY JUST EUROPE AS A WHOLE NOT JUST ONE SUBDIVISION YOU WILL SEE THE LATINO BRAND EVERYWHERE SPECIFICALLY IN REFRENCE TO ITALY AND WOG LATINO ITALIANS. RESTRUANTS NAMED LATINO, HISTORIC ITALIANS ARE NAMED LATINO SUCH AS THE MAN LATINO LATINI AND MANY MORE THE FAMOUS ITALOS NAMED LITERALLY LATINO. FAMOUS RACING BOAT NAMED MASCALZONE LATINO AKA LATIN SCOUNDREL, FAMOUS ITALIAN MUSICIAN PINO DANIEL WITH HIS ALBUM MASCALZONE LATINO Restaurants are NAMED MASCALZONE LATINO IN ITALY which is a common term amongst ROOTED EXOTIC ITALIANS. THERE ARE CAFE LATINO IN ITALY there is a TURSIS LATIN KING ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN THE USA ,RUDOLPH VALENTINO HOLLYWOODS ORIGINAL TRUE LATIN LOVER AKA AMANTE LATINO. I CAN GO ON AS MY PEOPLES CULTURE IS NOT AND OPINION IT IS HISTORIC AND IT IS WHAT WE PREFER AS I SPEAK FOR THE REAL *CULTURALLY ROOTED* LATINO/A COMMUNITY. AND ETHNICITY DOES NOT JUST GO AWAY DUE TO IMMIGRATION WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE OUR ETHNICITY AND WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE HISTORY THAT GOES WITH IT. AND AS US EDUCATED CULTURALLY ROOTED PROUD LATIN MEN LATINO AND LATIN WOMEN LATINA SAY THE ONLY PEOPLE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO REFER TO PEOPLE OF NON LATIN ORIGIN SUCH AS NATIVE AMERICANS, MESTIZOS, AND PEOPLE OF BLACK DESCENT AS “LATINO” ARE BRAINWASHED UNEDUCATED IGNORANT NORTH AMERICANS AND IT ENDS THERE. WHILE IN REAL LATINO CULTURE FOR US CULTURALLY AWOKEN LATIN PEOPLE YOURE NOTHING MORE THAN THE MOCKERY AND APPROPRIATION AND THE ATTEMPTS OF GENOCIDE THAT SURROUNDS US LATIN PEOPLES CULTURE IN NORTH AMERICA AND IT ENDS THERE. “LatinX” is a Form of appropriation, a made up Non existant term that will NEVER be of latin origin and it will NEVER be a term used by CULTURALLY AWOKEN Latin men and women as it is one of the many things is this country that mocks our heritage and that is ALL “LatinX” will EVER mean. WHO EVER WROTE THIS FORGOT TO ADD WHILE THEY WHERE IN ITALY THEY LEARNED NO CULTURALLY ROOTED TRUE LATINO SUCH AS US WOG ITALIANS WOULD EVER CALL SOUTH CENTRAL AMERICANS AND MEXICANS AND BLACKS AND WHITE ANGLO SAXON EUROPEANS AS “LATINO”

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    • antonio pagano

      awesome i’ve argued that same point many times

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    • Antonella

      Stop being so racist. People from latin america come from different places. My country for example has no natives because Spaniards killed them all! We are all Italian descendant, Spaniards, Portuguese, or any other place in the world, even from Asia. Some people from Latin American are Latinos because their entire family comes from Italy for example. And some of them are latin american but not latin, the ones that have Russian families for example. So stop being so racist and recognize that some of us are latin because YOUR people came here after colonialism because they were starving and they reproduce them like rabbits. So shut up

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  2. Cibelli

    BRAINWASHED CULTURAL APPROPRIATION WILL NEVER BE LATIN CULTURE. Latin America got its name ONLY to mean the part of the Americas conquered by LATIN EUROPE and Latin Europe was Latinized by ITALY. Latin America is Not Latin origin conquered native Americans/ supposedly  “mestizos” are Not Latin men and women Latin History can NOT be changed by delusional people who embrace how the USA misuses Latin identity. LATINOS AKA LATINS ARE US EXOTIC ROMAN DERIVED PEOPLE. Latin Culture History and Ethnicity is NOT interchangeable. 👌🏽✊🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
    Latin culture aka the Largest culturally appropriated Heritage of the century specifically in the USA and by those who foolishly and wrongfully embrace how Latin identity is MISUSED in places like the USA and Canada Latin America is NOT Latin origin therefore these people are NOT Latino they’re conquered native Americans some pure some mixed which is mestizo NOT Latino . Latin America has absolutely NOTHING to do with the accomplishments of Latin culture and those who are born and raised in “Latin” America are very aware of that. In REAL LATIN CULTURE Latino is Not a term used to identify the native Americans /Mestizos/Afro mixed Native Americans except of course other than in the culturally corrupt delusional USA where Latin culture has lost all meaning EXCEPT for us EDUCATED Latin peoples of course such as an Exotic ITALIANA as myself aka a TRUE LATINA. The only people who call themselves “Latino” from the Americas as In they are born and raised in south Central America/Mexico are cultural appropriators who take advantage of USA ignorance in how Latin identity is misused when dealing with IGNORANT North Americans because it’s become trending propaganda for these people to do so vs actual ethnicity which is what being Latin is. NO proud Educated latin man or woman would ever call people from the south Central America and Mexico Latin men and women Latino or Latina because their Ancestry is FACTUALLY NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LATIN CULTURE. And the Only people who would do so are uneducated confused peoples this is mainly people from the USA such as this being labeled Latin when absolutely NOTHING Latin comes from “Latin” America NOR SPAIN👌🏽🇮🇹ALL things LATIN/LATINO FACTUALLY AND HISTORICALLY COME FROM ITALY. WHICH LATINIZED LATIN EUROPE AND LATIN EUROPE CONQUERED THE AMERICAS AND THAT IS ALL LATIN IN LATIN AMERICA MEANS. Latin History can NOT be rewritten by delusional peoples who Embrace how the USA MISUSES Latin identity👌🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹👌🏽Hence how Latina Italy got the name LATINA. Latin is Not a race Latin is Not a Trend and being Latin Is Not a theoretical “preferred choice” simply because you like how it sounds to be mistaken as Latin by uneducated Americans. The term Latino HISTORICALLY derives from the term Latini. The Latini was the very first Latin tribe to ever exist whom inhabited central ITALY. Latini is plural for Latino because the Latini tribe was many Latin people aka more than one hence The plural form Latini. Latini literally means more than one LATINO and Latino is Singular. Latin History , Latin Linguistics, and Latin Ethnicity are NOT interchangeable. And there are No “white Latins” as Us *WOG* Latin men Latino and Latin women Latina Are Exotic due to our Genetic mixture common upon Ethnic Mediterranean people, White Anglo saxon Europeans are NOT Latino as Latino is Not a group of people Despite of Ethnicity. Example Eoxitc Italian-Latini (again plural for Latino) are an Historic Ancient but prevalent mixture such as middle eastern/Arabic, Asian, African, indigenous Eastern European, and with other Indigenous Mediterranean contributors and we are all these things mixed together again Historic and this news is as old as dust if you’re EDUCATED. white Europeans can Not reproduce Exotic Latin Europeans as they are Obviously Not responsible for our Genetics and HENCE why they look Nothing like Us and Hence why whites have ZERO Latin Beauty. and the common terminology is Latin Blood in REAL Latin culture such as Italian culture. And A Hispanic is some one from Hispania which is Latin for SPAIN. One is NOT Hispanic unless you are of prominent Spanish ancestry! being a Byproduct of colonialism is Not being Latino NOR Hispanic .  Being Latin is NOT this delusional “preferred choice” simply because one likes the way it sounds to be referred to as “Latin” By UNEDUCATED Brainwashed USA people. Wrongfully and foolishly Calling yourself “Latino” and “Latina” does Not magically make you “Latin” .  BRAINWASHED CULTURALLY UNROOTED PEOPLE SUCH AS YOU DO NOT AND WILL NEVER speak for US CULTURALLY Rooted REAL Latino people such as US Exotic ITALIANS And us OTHER ROMAN DERIVED ***WOG*** LATINO EUROPEANS. Lol that’s funny. You are speaking from a North American Culturally appropriated Genocidal perspective because that’s what you’ve been brainwashed to be and it end there. You have No clue what us KEY WORDS *CULTURALLY ROOTED* REAL LATINOS Prefer as you have No ties Nor connection with us and OUR CULTURE. It’s not your fault BRAINWASHED Uneducated north Americans foolishly call people like you Latino Lol there is Not one single North American who can grant you other peoples cultural identity that thier ancestry is HISTORICALLY RESPONSIBLE for. Ignorant fools calling NATIVE Americans “Latino” who have ZERO SANGUE LATINO does Not magically change your ethnicity Nor will it ever grant you the right to misuse our identity that again our elders and ancestors are responsible for and passed down threw OUR VEINS HENCE why in CULTURALLY ROOTED LATIN CULTURE SUCH AS ITALIAN CULTURE WE COMMONLY SAY LATIN BLOOD AKA SANGUE LATINO SOMETHING YOUR PEOPLE WILL NEVER HAVE OUR CULTURE IS NOT A TREND SIMPLY BECAUSE THOSE LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT TO HATE YOUR ACTUAL CULTURE WHILE BEING BRAINWASHED TO APPROPRIATE OTHER PEOPLES IDENTITY. BEING LATINO IS ETHNICITY NOT A DELUSIONAL PREFERRED CHOICE, YOU DONT GET TO CHOOSE YOUR ETHNICITY. NORTH AMERICAN GENOCIDAL TRENDING PROPAGANDA DOES NOT REWRITE LATIN HISTORY AND US TRUE LATIN PEOPLE WHO TRULY BELONG TO IT. NORTH AMERICA DOES NOT DECIDE WHAT BEING LATINO IS AS NORTH AMERICA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LATIN CULTURE JUST LIKE SOUTH CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LATIN CULTURE AND NOTHING CAN EVER CHANGE THAT.   Lol you OBVIOUSLY are not a real Italian as NO Culturally ROOTED italian/ Other Latino European would ever say LATINO is Not latin you could not have LATINO without latin and latin is Rome and LATIN EUROPE. NO TRUE CULTURALLY ROOTED ITALIAN/LATINO EUROPEAN WOULD EVER DENY AND DISREGARD OUR LATINITY/LATINITAS. THAT IS US EXOTIC PROUD WOGS KEY WORD *WOG* ITALIANS WHICH EXCLUDES MOST NORTHERN ITALIANS/EUROPEANS WHOM ARE MOSTLY WHITE AND HAVE ZERO SANGUE LATINO AKA LATIN BLOOD AS IT IS THE WHITE EUROPEANS WHO GAVE US THE RACIAL SLURS LIKE WOGS THAT WE NOW PROUDLY EMBRACE.✊🏼✊🏼✊🏼 WHY WOULD WE WANT WRINKLE PRONE SKIN AND SQUARE HIPS AND FLAT CHEST LIKE WHITE WOMEN AND LIKE THE NON LATINA NATIVE AMERICANS AND MESTIZOS OF SOUTH CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO?! LOL WE WOULD NOT. US ROOTED ITALIANS/LATINO EUROPEANS DONT REFER TO OURSELVES AS LATIN BLOOD SANGUE LATINO, LATIN LOVERS AMANTE LATINO,  AND LATIN TEMPER TEMPERAMENTO LATINO FOR JUST NO REASON AT ALL AS ALL THOSE COMMONLY USED TERMS WHERE INVENTED BY US FOR US! WE ARE PROUD TO BE TRUE LATINO PEOPLE HENCE WHY WHEN YOU GO TO ITALY/LATIN EUROPE ACTUALLY JUST EUROPE AS A WHOLE NOT JUST ONE SUBDIVISION YOU WILL SEE THE LATINO BRAND EVERYWHERE SPECIFICALLY IN REFRENCE TO ITALY AND WOG LATINO ITALIANS. RESTRUANTS NAMED LATINO, HISTORIC ITALIANS ARE NAMED LATINO SUCH AS THE MAN LATINO LATINI AND MANY MORE THE FAMOUS ITALOS NAMED LITERALLY LATINO. FAMOUS RACING BOAT NAMED MASCALZONE LATINO AKA LATIN SCOUNDREL, FAMOUS ITALIAN MUSICIAN PINO DANIEL WITH HIS ALBUM MASCALZONE LATINO Restaurants are NAMED MASCALZONE LATINO IN ITALY which is a common term amongst ROOTED EXOTIC ITALIANS. THERE ARE CAFE LATINO IN ITALY there is a TURSIS LATIN KING ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN THE USA ,RUDOLPH VALENTINO HOLLYWOODS ORIGINAL TRUE LATIN LOVER AKA AMANTE LATINO. I CAN GO ON AS MY PEOPLES CULTURE IS NOT AND OPINION IT IS HISTORIC AND IT IS WHAT WE PREFER AS I SPEAK FOR THE REAL *CULTURALLY ROOTED* LATINO/A COMMUNITY. AND ETHNICITY DOES NOT JUST GO AWAY DUE TO IMMIGRATION WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE OUR ETHNICITY AND WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE HISTORY THAT GOES WITH IT. AND AS US EDUCATED CULTURALLY ROOTED PROUD LATIN MEN LATINO AND LATIN WOMEN LATINA SAY THE ONLY PEOPLE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO REFER TO PEOPLE OF NON LATIN ORIGIN SUCH AS NATIVE AMERICANS, MESTIZOS, AND PEOPLE OF BLACK DESCENT AS “LATINO” ARE BRAINWASHED UNEDUCATED IGNORANT NORTH AMERICANS AND IT ENDS THERE. WHILE IN REAL LATINO CULTURE FOR US CULTURALLY AWOKEN LATIN PEOPLE YOURE NOTHING MORE THAN THE MOCKERY AND APPROPRIATION AND THE ATTEMPTS OF GENOCIDE THAT SURROUNDS US LATIN PEOPLES CULTURE IN NORTH AMERICA AND IT ENDS THERE. “LatinX” is a Form of appropriation, a made up Non existant term that will NEVER be of latin origin and it will NEVER be a term used by CULTURALLY AWOKEN Latin men and women as it is one of the many things is this country that mocks our heritage and that is ALL “LatinX” will EVER mean. 

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  3. Briana CIBELLI

    BRAINWASHED CULTURAL APPROPRIATION WILL NEVER BE LATIN CULTURE. Latin America got its name ONLY to mean the part of the Americas conquered by LATIN EUROPE and Latin Europe was Latinized by ITALY. Latin America is Not Latin origin conquered native Americans/ supposedly  “mestizos” are Not Latin men and women Latin History can NOT be changed by delusional people who embrace how the USA misuses Latin identity. LATINOS AKA LATINS ARE US EXOTIC ROMAN DERIVED PEOPLE. Latin Culture History and Ethnicity is NOT interchangeable. 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
    Latin culture aka the Largest culturally appropriated Heritage of the century specifically in the USA and by those who foolishly and wrongfully embrace how Latin identity is MISUSED in places like the USA and Canada. Latin America is NOT Latin origin therefore these people are NOT Latino they’re conquered native Americans some pure some mixed which is mestizo NOT Latino . Latin America has absolutely NOTHING to do with the accomplishments of Latin culture and those who are born and raised in “Latin” America are very aware of that. In CULTURALLY ROOTED REAL LATIN CULTURE Latino is NOT and NEVER will be a term used to identify the native Americans /Mestizos/Blacks/Afro mixed Native Americans except of course other than in the culturally corrupt Genocidal delusional USA where Latin culture has lost all meaning EXCEPT for us EDUCATED CULTURALLY ROOTED Latin peoples of course such as an Exotic WOG ITALIANA as myself aka a TRUE LATINA. The only people who call themselves “Latino” from the Americas as In they are born and raised in south Central America/Mexico are cultural appropriators who take advantage of USA ignorance in how Latin identity is misused when dealing with IGNORANT North Americans because it’s become trending propaganda for these people to do so vs actual ethnicity which is what being Latin is. NO proud Educated latin man or woman would ever call people from the south Central America and Mexico Latin men and women Latino or Latina because their Ancestry is FACTUALLY NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LATIN CULTURE. And the Only people who would do so are uneducated confused peoples this is mainly people from the USA such as this being labeled Latin when absolutely NOTHING Latin comes from “Latin” America NOR SPAIN👌🏽🇮🇹ALL things LATIN/LATINO FACTUALLY AND HISTORICALLY COME FROM ITALY. WHICH LATINIZED LATIN EUROPE AND LATIN EUROPE CONQUERED THE AMERICAS AND THAT IS ALL LATIN IN LATIN AMERICA MEANS. Latin History can NOT be rewritten by delusional peoples who Embrace how the USA MISUSES Latin identity👌🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹👌🏽Hence how Latina Italy got the name LATINA. Latin is NOT a Race THAT MEANING A GROUP OF PEOPLE DESPITE OF ETHNICITY AND DESPITE OF CULTURAL ORIGIN .Latin is Not a Trend and being Latin Is Not a theoretical “preferred choice” simply because you like how it sounds to be mistaken as Latin by uneducated Americans. The term Latino HISTORICALLY derives from the term Latini. The Latini was the very first Latin tribe to ever exist whom inhabited central ITALY. Latini is plural for Latino because the Latini tribe was many Latin people aka more than one hence The plural form Latini. Latini literally means more than one LATINO and Latino is Singular. Latin History , Latin Linguistics, and Latin Ethnicity are NOT interchangeable. And there are No “white Latins” as Us *WOG* Latin men Latino and Latin women Latina Are Exotic due to our Genetic mixture common upon Ethnic Mediterranean people, White Anglo saxon Europeans are NOT Latino as Latino is Not a group of people Despite of Ethnicity. Example Eoxitc Italian-Latini (again plural for Latino) are an Historic Ancient but prevalent mixture such as middle eastern/Arabic, Asian, African, indigenous Eastern European, and with other Indigenous Mediterranean contributors and we are all these things mixed together again Historic and this news is as old as dust if you’re EDUCATED. white Europeans can Not reproduce Exotic Latin Europeans as they are Obviously Not responsible for our Genetics and HENCE why they look Nothing like Us and Hence why whites have ZERO Latin Beauty. and the common terminology is Latin Blood in REAL Latin culture such as Italian culture. And A Hispanic is some one from Hispania which is Latin for SPAIN. One is NOT Hispanic unless you are of prominent Spanish ancestry! being a Byproduct of colonialism is Not being Latino NOR Hispanic .  Being Latin is NOT this delusional “preferred choice” simply because one likes the way it sounds to be referred to as “Latin” By UNEDUCATED Brainwashed USA people. Wrongfully and foolishly Calling yourself “Latino” and “Latina” does Not magically make you “Latin” .  BRAINWASHED CULTURALLY UNROOTED PEOPLE SUCH AS YOU DO NOT AND WILL NEVER speak for US CULTURALLY Rooted REAL Latino people such as US Exotic ITALIANS And us OTHER ROMAN DERIVED ***WOG*** LATINO EUROPEANS. Lol that’s funny. You are speaking from a North American Culturally appropriated Genocidal perspective because that’s what you’ve been brainwashed to be and it end there. You have No clue what us KEY WORDS *CULTURALLY ROOTED* REAL LATINOS Prefer as you have No ties Nor connection with us and OUR CULTURE. It’s not your fault BRAINWASHED Uneducated north Americans foolishly call people like you Latino Lol there is Not one single North American who can grant you other peoples cultural identity that thier ancestry is HISTORICALLY RESPONSIBLE for. Ignorant fools calling NATIVE Americans “Latino” who have ZERO SANGUE LATINO does Not magically change your ethnicity Nor will it ever grant you the right to misuse our identity that again our elders and ancestors are responsible for and passed down threw OUR VEINS HENCE why in CULTURALLY ROOTED LATIN CULTURE SUCH AS ITALIAN CULTURE WE COMMONLY SAY LATIN BLOOD AKA SANGUE LATINO SOMETHING YOUR PEOPLE WILL NEVER HAVE OUR CULTURE IS NOT A TREND SIMPLY BECAUSE THOSE LIKE YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT TO HATE YOUR ACTUAL CULTURE WHILE BEING BRAINWASHED TO APPROPRIATE OTHER PEOPLES IDENTITY. BEING LATINO IS ETHNICITY NOT A DELUSIONAL PREFERRED CHOICE, YOU DONT GET TO CHOOSE YOUR ETHNICITY. NORTH AMERICAN GENOCIDAL TRENDING PROPAGANDA DOES NOT REWRITE LATIN HISTORY AND US TRUE LATIN PEOPLE WHO TRULY BELONG TO IT. NORTH AMERICA DOES NOT DECIDE WHAT BEING LATINO IS AS NORTH AMERICA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LATIN CULTURE JUST LIKE SOUTH CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LATIN CULTURE AND NOTHING CAN EVER CHANGE THAT.   Lol you OBVIOUSLY are not a real Italian as NO Culturally ROOTED italian/ Other Latino European would ever say LATINO is Not latin you could not have LATINO without latin and latin is Rome and LATIN EUROPE. NO TRUE CULTURALLY ROOTED ITALIAN/LATINO EUROPEAN WOULD EVER DENY AND DISREGARD OUR LATINITY/LATINITAS. THAT IS US EXOTIC PROUD WOGS KEY WORD *WOG* ITALIANS WHICH EXCLUDES MOST NORTHERN ITALIANS/EUROPEANS WHOM ARE MOSTLY WHITE AND HAVE ZERO SANGUE LATINO AKA LATIN BLOOD AS IT IS THE WHITE EUROPEANS WHO GAVE US THE RACIAL SLURS LIKE WOGS THAT WE NOW PROUDLY EMBRACE.✊🏼✊🏼✊🏼 WHY WOULD WE WANT WRINKLE PRONE SKIN AND SQUARE HIPS AND FLAT CHEST LIKE WHITE WOMEN AND LIKE THE NON LATINA NATIVE AMERICANS AND MESTIZOS OF SOUTH CENTRAL AMERICA AND MEXICO?! LOL WE WOULD NOT. US ROOTED ITALIANS/LATINO EUROPEANS DONT REFER TO OURSELVES AS LATIN BLOOD SANGUE LATINO, LATIN LOVERS AMANTE LATINO,  AND LATIN TEMPER TEMPERAMENTO LATINO FOR JUST NO REASON AT ALL AS ALL THOSE COMMONLY USED TERMS WHERE INVENTED BY US FOR US! WE ARE PROUD TO BE TRUE LATINO PEOPLE HENCE WHY WHEN YOU GO TO ITALY/LATIN EUROPE ACTUALLY JUST EUROPE AS A WHOLE NOT JUST ONE SUBDIVISION YOU WILL SEE THE LATINO BRAND EVERYWHERE SPECIFICALLY IN REFRENCE TO ITALY AND WOG LATINO ITALIANS. RESTRUANTS NAMED LATINO, HISTORIC ITALIANS ARE NAMED LATINO SUCH AS THE MAN LATINO LATINI AND MANY MORE THE FAMOUS ITALOS NAMED LITERALLY LATINO. FAMOUS RACING BOAT NAMED MASCALZONE LATINO AKA LATIN SCOUNDREL, FAMOUS ITALIAN MUSICIAN PINO DANIEL WITH HIS ALBUM MASCALZONE LATINO Restaurants are NAMED MASCALZONE LATINO IN ITALY which is a common term amongst ROOTED EXOTIC ITALIANS. THERE ARE CAFE LATINO IN ITALY there is a TURSIS LATIN KING ITALIAN RESTAURANT IN THE USA ,RUDOLPH VALENTINO HOLLYWOODS ORIGINAL TRUE LATIN LOVER AKA AMANTE LATINO. I CAN GO ON AS MY PEOPLES CULTURE IS NOT AND OPINION IT IS HISTORIC AND IT IS WHAT WE PREFER AS I SPEAK FOR THE REAL *CULTURALLY ROOTED* LATINO/A COMMUNITY. AND ETHNICITY DOES NOT JUST GO AWAY DUE TO IMMIGRATION WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE OUR ETHNICITY AND WE WILL ALWAYS HAVE THE HISTORY THAT GOES WITH IT. AND AS US EDUCATED CULTURALLY ROOTED PROUD LATIN MEN LATINO AND LATIN WOMEN LATINA SAY THE ONLY PEOPLE FOOLISH ENOUGH TO REFER TO PEOPLE OF NON LATIN ORIGIN SUCH AS NATIVE AMERICANS, MESTIZOS, AND PEOPLE OF BLACK DESCENT AS “LATINO” ARE BRAINWASHED UNEDUCATED IGNORANT NORTH AMERICANS AND IT ENDS THERE. WHILE IN REAL LATINO CULTURE FOR US CULTURALLY AWOKEN LATIN PEOPLE YOURE NOTHING MORE THAN THE MOCKERY AND APPROPRIATION AND THE ATTEMPTS OF GENOCIDE THAT SURROUNDS US LATIN PEOPLES CULTURE IN NORTH AMERICA AND IT ENDS THERE. “LatinX” is a Form of appropriation, a made up Non existant term that will NEVER be of latin origin and it will NEVER be a term used by CULTURALLY AWOKEN Latin men and women as it is one of the many things is this country that mocks our heritage and that is ALL “LatinX” will EVER mean. AND FOR ALL YOU WANNABE LATINS YOU ARE 2,000 YEARS TOO LATE IN REGARDS TO BEING A PART OF LATINO IDENTITY AND ETHNICITY AS LATIN HERITAGE HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 75BC VIA ROME ITALY/LATIN EUROPE.

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    • ReEnvision Harmony

      Hi Briana! Thank you for you passionate and well crafted response. You are so right, the effects of colonization has had a deep impact on racial identiy in the Pan American community and the world. However, this article seeks to highlight the literal definitions of these words but not how people identify. How folks identify is a very personal journey. I for one, don’t identify as Latinx anymore, I am mixed race, descendant of indigenous andean people in the country now called Colombia. I hope folks read your comment and find some answers to their personal journey! – Mavi

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  4. Renato Renato Macchi

    Briana is right. It was a Mexican man named Frank del Olmo who created this “Latino” mess. He wanted to unite all the Spanish-speaking people of the Americas under one label but he chose the wrong Latino label instead of choosing a Race or using the country of origin or just “Latin American/s”. The irony is that the U.S. Census Bureau went along with this lie without first failing to notice that was a forign word and not in English. It was Latino and they should have requested that it be changed into English LATIN and without inquiring about the meaning of Latino and the impliacations by using it it exclusively for Spanish-speaking perople of the Americas and without inquiring about its origin. Big failure by the U.S. Census BUreau listing Latino as an Ethnicity for Spanish-speaking people. Very wrong. Latino/Latino/Latina only refers to Roman Languages and Roman Latin Culture. Why Frank del Olmo chose Latino instead of Latin or Latin American/s. because Frank del Olmo had no respect for the English language as it is a language of the White People so felt the right to bastardize it!! even though he was enjoying the benefits of our White civilization.

    Latin Europeans “bering considered as Latins”? Considered? No, they are the Latins and have been Latins for more than 2000 years since the Romans.

    Latinx. Latinx is a made up word . It was made up by the Spanish-speaking people of the Americas. It would be better for Latin Americans to totally stop using the term Latin/Latino/Latina because they use it incorrectly and to find something which clearly represents their present identity to their satisfaction and to stop using these Roman labels.

    No, there is no Latin Skin Color, no, there is no Latin DNA among the Latin Americans, No there is no Latin Food, No, there is no Latin Music. No, you cannot be half Latin and half African because Latin is a language and culture and African is a Race. The two don’t match.

    It’s time to stop the lies History cannot be changed..

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    • BRIANA CIBELLI

      I am Latina as I am Italiana NOT A PART OF WHITE CIVILIZATION. US ROMAN DERIVED LATINS HAVE NEVER BEEN WHITE AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO START NOW. YOUR PIONTS ARE HALF THERE AND HALF OFF. AND AS FAR AS REFERRING TO LATINS AS WHITE YOU ARE COMPLETELY OFF. WE ARE THE MEDITERRANEAN RACE AND LATIN IS VERY VERY MUCH SO OUR ETHNICITY. THERE IS NO WHITE MAN OR WOMAN RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MEDITERRANEAN RACE JUST LIKE GIUSEPPE SERGI THE MEDITERRANEAN HISTORIAN HAS QUOTED. THE MEDITERRANEAN PEOPLE ARE MEDITERRANEAN. WE ARE BY FAR ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL RACES IN THIS WORLD AND NO WHITE MAN NOR COLONIZED NATIVE AMERICAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR OUE CULTURAL ACHIEVEMENTS. THIS IS NO OUR IN REFERENCE TO LATINS AND WHITES. IF YOU HAVE NORTHERN WHITE EUROPEAN FEATURES STOP CALLING YOURSELF LATINO AS YOU NEIHER ARE LATIN BLOOD AS WE SAY IN ITALIAN/LATIN EUROPEAN CULTURE. STOP TRYING TO WHITE WASH THE MEDITERRANEAN PEOPLE YOU ARE JUST AS GUILTY AS THE COLONIZED NATIVE AMERICANS DESTROYING THE LATIN PEOPLES CULTURE. I HAVE LATIN BEAUTY AS BEING LATIN IS VERY MUCH SO ETHNICITY AND WE NAME OUR CAFES AND RESTAURANTS IN ITALY LATINO IN REGARDS TO ITALIAN FOOD WHICH IS VERY COMMON IN LATIN EUROPE AS ITALY IS LATIN ORIGIN PERIOD. SO YES THERE IS LATIN FOOD LATIN ETHNICITY AND LATIN MUSIC WHICH IS COMMON LATIN EUROPEAN MUSIC. AND THERE IS NO WHITE WOMAN WHO HAS FEATURES LIKE ME NOR ANY OF US OTHER WOG MEDITERRANEAN PEOPLE. WE ARE WOGS AKA NON WHITES. HENCE WHY WHITES DONT LOOK LIKE US AND VICE VERSA (Vice versa is Latin origin FYI) . STOP TRYING TO ATTRIBUTE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN RACE TO UGLY WHITE PEOPLE WITH ZERO ETHNIC BEAUTY.

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      • Caramel

        You are so condescending and rude. I can’t believe no one has called you out in this thread already. YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY FAR SUPERIOR TO ANY ITHER RACE OR PEOPLES. WHY DO THE INFERIORS EVEN EXIST?!

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  5. Jason

    Who the eff posts the same long as* bs comment 4 times months apart. Did you even read the article? Turn off your caps lock and speak like a civilized person if you want to be respected as such. People complain about English as dreaded imperialists imposing our ideas and culture on the world, but the Latin aka Romans were the original imperials and seem to be the most pissed off when culturally disrespected. No one else cares.

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