Originally Posted by globetrotter
not to derail - but why?
my wife is colombian, she hates the term spanish and hispanic, prefers latin. one of our best friends is porto rican, she prefers it. can you explain your thoughts on this? M8, feel free to chip in. again, sorry to derail.
No problem, this will help bump up my Rita pictures
I won't get into a long discourse here, maybe I'll start another thread but it has to do with the "Latino/Latina" term homogenizing a group of very disparate people. While born in the US, I consider my ethnicity to be spanish or hispanic as my parents are from the Dominican Republic and they trace their roots back to the Spanish colonizers of the island. Mexico and Central America, are more native indian (Aztecs) in their roots, although due to spanish colonization of Mexico you see both "indian" and "european" Mexicans. South American's are of white European stock, for the most part. Within these, there are more subgroups. Politically and culturally there is a somewhat of a similar foundation but there are more differences than similarities. To me, it's equivalent to lumping a German and a Brit and simply stating that they are "European". My point is, there is a lot of history and culture that a single term cannot convey.