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Medium 09-29-2009 02:31 AM

Are Spanish People Latino?
 
I'm asking this because my spanish friend at school keeps refering to himself as a "latino", but I keep telling him he's not one. Are spanish people a completely different thing to latin american people?

Desi 09-29-2009 02:32 AM

No they are Spanish.

Latino is a person of Latin American decent
A Spanish speaking Latino is a Hispanic
Latino is a culture they can be of any race but they share one thing in common they originate from Latin America.

Spain is the native land of the Spanish people who are simply Spanish and are not Latinos. Spaniards are white as well or predominantly white.
Latinos are mostly a mixture of Native American, African & European ancestry reason why they have different features to the Spanish and that people presume Latinos are a race or ethnicity when they are not

Guest 07-19-2010 01:32 PM

yes spanish people are latino
 
Latinos from Europe, Italy, and Spain for example share a language and culture with their cousins in America. before 1492 the native American Indians of central and south America where just that Indians not Latinos until they were conquered the spanish which brought them the Latin culture which included the spanish language, food, catholic church etc... after close to 300 years of spanish rule the Indians became accepted as spanish. ¨Latinos¨. the new continent of America was called new Spain, and later referred to as Ibero America, due to the first Latin people coming from the Iberian peninsula in Spain, and later they were called Latin American because not to confuse them with Spain or north America. but the term Latino is a bond between the people of both continents the share a similar culture, religion, and language.

Guest 07-14-2011 05:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Desi (Post 7778)
Spain is the native land of the Spanish people who are simply Spanish and are not Latinos.

Read a book, they are the ones that brought the Latin culture to the Americas.

Houston 08-07-2011 06:43 AM

Latinos are NOT only the people of Latin America and their descendants
 
Latins spread their culture from the middle of the Italic peninsula to much of Europe for centuries. Later in the 1400 and 1500's that culture was spread to the Americas and Africa (some to Asia) mainly via the new Latins (Spain, Portugal and France). Latin is NOT a synonym of the Spanish-speaking peoples of the Americas. We in the US or Latin American are NOT the only Latins in the world. Even today, the people in Europe and the well-read and world-learned also call Latin to the French, Italians and the Romanians, and correctly so. Neither Latins, nor Hispanics or Anglos or Francos, etc... are a race. Each one is a group or sub-group that has grown via its language and culture to include various races, even mixture of races.

-Hispanics are the people (regardless of continent or race) whose main language and ways of life are Spanish; found mainly in Europe, the Americas and Africa.
-Hispanic Americans are the people from the Americas whose main language and ways of life are Spanish.
-Lusitanians are the people (regardless of continent or race) whose main language and ways of life are Portuguese; found mainly in Europe, America's and Africa.
-Franco are the people (regardless of continent or race) whose main language and ways of life are French; found mainly in Europe, America's and Africa.
-Latins are the people (regardless of continent or race) whose main languages and ways of life came from the old Latins who formed Rome; found mainly in Europe, the Americas and Africa.
-Latin Americans are the people from the Americas whose main languages and ways of life are mainly French, Spanish and Portuguese.

A good half of the Hispanic Americans are a mixture of Amerindian with European, Black African with European, or pure Native American from various countries. When the non white Latin Americans come to the US, they do not know where to belong since here the US only calls itself "Americans" and is very race conscious. Looking for a niche, and due to a lack of good education, and wanting to reject the Spanish roots due to the conquest of the 1500's, they started calling themselves Latins (Latino in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian). I think that they did not know that the word already existed and is still very much in use with a wider meaning that also includes peoples in various countries in Europe an Africa. It is sad that it is being accepted by people perpetuating even more that lack of world culture and education in our own community and the US in general.
Please stop saying that Latins/Latinos are only the Latin Americans and their descendants.

Think about this: If a German family moved to Peru in the 1800's and now they are full Peruvians, they are now Hispanics if their main ways of life and language is Spanish. If a black African family was brought as slaves in the 1700's to Cuba, they are now Hispanics if their main way of life and language is Spanish. If in the 1800's the family of a Colombian family moved to France and now they are full French and their main way of life and language is French, they are not Hispanics, they are Franco. Imagine now a family with the surname Martinez in the U.S. who lost the Spanish language and the real ways of wherever their family came from 80 years ago, and now live a full US way of life, they are not Hispanic much less Latins. They are United Staters and anglophones.

If you are still holding on to the ways of your mother/fathers country, be proud to say Hispanic American or Latin American but not meaning Hispanic-US or Latin-US because that is what your mother or father already was in that American country he/she came from. If you are from the U.S. and only have a surname in Spanish, Portuguese but lost the heritage (that is normal and happens too) you do not need to say any other thing but that you are a United Stater. But never, never, ever say that Latins/Latinos are only from Latin America (America Latina) because that is called latinoamericano in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Latin and Latino mean ALL the people in the world whose principal heritage is based in the Italian, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Romanian ways of life.

Much peace and understanding.


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