There's a massive amount of misinformation on the World Wide Web today concerning Race versus Ethnicity. My post today aims to correct and inform the would-be ignorance toting Race Mongers.
1. Latino: No matter where you search, any official definition or meaning of the word "Latino" will include the word "Ancestry" or "Origin". From an intellectual standpoint this excludes the word "Latino" from describing any Race simply because a Human's Race cannot be determined by his place of birth. There are White people born in Africa and Black people born in China. Birthplace does not affect your Race...period. From an official standpoint, "Latino" is definitively used to describe your ethnicity "Regardless" of your race ~U.S. Census Bureau~
2. Hispanic: Again we're right back to "Ancestry" or "Origin". Officially the word is used to again describe people who's origin is of one of several Countries and is completely and totally exclusive from Race. ~U.S. Census Bureau~
3. Mexican: Now we're getting somewhere...but then again we're stuck at a similar answer. Being "Mexican" has nothing to do with your Race, if it did then anyone with citizenship in Mexico would qualify as one Race. A "Mexican" is someone who holds citizenship in Mexico, Mexico is a geographical location on the Earth and therefor cannot be a Race.
So unless someone suggests that all Latinos or all Hispanics or all Mexicans are one single Race...then we are left with accepting that none of these words aptly identify any Race at all. If both my parents were born in Mexico and gave birth to me...I would in fact be Hispanic...even though my skin is white as snow.
I would suggest as an idea that people with dark or light brown skin who's lineage follows Hispanic or Latino ethnicity do not have a Racial identity unless you count the term "Mestizo". I'll be honest when I say that I have never, ever heard anyone use that term to describe a Race of people but it is a legally and officially recognized term that aptly describes people of mixed-race who typically come from Central and South American Countries.
- Latino AND Hispanic are terms that identify a Race of Human Beings19 votes