Originally Posted by globetrotter
yeah, I think that my wife's main objection to hispanic is that in colombia people who are of relativly pure spanish heritage are the upper class, and they call themselves spanish, as opposed to those of indian heritage, who make up a large part of the population.
Any of you guys who have spent any significant amount of time in Latin America or the Iberian penninsula, will know that the term Latino
is used by all Spanish/Portuguese speaking countries to describe themselves in general. I was just in Lisbon on a stopover returning from Angola, and they refer to themselves as Latinos also. edmorel
, let's not inject the race issue into the equation. However, a person born in the Americas of pure Spanish descent is referred to as a Criollo
, but is still a Latino. Latino refers to a culture
, not a race. Spain itself is mutliethnic, with a great deal of the population from Madrid on South having quite a bit of Arab blood. Same with Italy, the further South one goes, the darker/olive the population becomes, also due to Arab influx. Latinos in general do not like the Hispanic
term, which was coined by Gringos. It is an American term, and is not heard in the rest of the world, except where it has infected some other English-speaking countries like Canada. End of story. M8