Hispanic/Latin is NOT a race
Sometimes I wonder how would Americans react if the U.S decided to remove “Black:, “White”, “Asian”, “Native American” etc..and instead have a box that says “Anglo” simply because Americans speak English, I am pretty sure many would consider this unacceptable, yet you do this all the time when you use the Hispanic/Latin term.
I am not surprised Americans in general are ignorant, but for the U.S government to do this, is kind of shocking, they might as well have a “European” box to have any European-born immigrant that comes to the U,S classify themselves lol
As you can see from the demographics in Latin American countries, they are aware people can be Black, White, Black, Mulatto, Asian, Native American (Amerindian) , Zambo, etc…some even include the names of the tribes from which they are descendants from. Since the vast majority of Mexicans that live in the U,S and border the country are MESTIZO, yes MESTIZO, like the man at 0:50, then they assume ANYBODY below is the same. Just like a Jamaican who speaks english is very different from an American from Minnesota of scandinavian descent even though they speak english, an Asian Peruvian is very different from a white Uruguayan, or a black dominican is very different from the Mexicans you see in California, are people blind, stupid or just plain ignorant?
The worst part is that the media does it all the time. On the news, say a mestizo looking Mexican does something and runs away, the police will refer and describe him as “Hispanic male…but if they see Diego Forlan at 1:18, who is a famous white Uruguayan footballer, they will describe him as just white…so when this kind of thing takes place, they turn “hispanic” into a race and change the real meaning of the term. I really wished they would just remove that term and instead add the word mestizo which is the real race of those Americans see as “hispanic race”. In Latin America people will identify themselves first by their nationality, then their race and the word “hispanic or latin” is NEVER EVER included in any census because we know it is not a race. We know we are hispanic meaning we speak Spanish and that is where it ends, they is no racial connotation in the term.
The funny thing is that I never really cared about my race or anything but after constantly being “reminded” I look white and not hispanic or surprising people because my skin is white, my eyes are green and my hair red , I got tired of it honestly…I guess the average American will be shocked if they ever visit Uruguay to say the least… why are people so lame?? I mean if they don’t know why do they have to assume, when almost half of United States cannot even find their own country in a map??? Food for thought…