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    by Richard Myers on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:12:51 PM PST

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      You might meet some older Latino-Americans who really dislike the term "Hispanic" and may even get furious at you if you use that term. The famous author Sandra Cisneros, for example, became furious in a bookstore because the owner used that word when speaking to her.

      That is because during the Civil Rights movement, Lantinos didn't like that the census decided what Latinos would be called without asking Latinos (similar to how we Asians hate the term "Oriental.") Those in the Civil Rights movement were mostly Mexican-Americans in the West, and they called themselves "Chicanos." They stressed their indigenous (Indian) roots and how the Spanish conquistadors took over their countries. So they also didn't like that "Hispanic" stresses their ties to Spain as opposed to their indigenous roots.

      Well, in Latin American countries it is just not like that. On the contrary, most love their Spanish roots. They call Spain the "madre patria," the "mother country." Often they denigrate their indigenous roots. So, in the Spanish language, "hispano" is the same as "latino." No difference.

      So those who came here after the Civil Rights movement, first, they don't even know what a "Chicano" is (it is an American word), and they certainly don't know that there might be anything wrong about the English word, "Hispanic." Thus, younger people and newer immigrants, when polled, say they prefer the term "Hispanic."

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        by Richard Myers on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:10:53 PM PST

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      •  When I was a kid here in NM, "Spanish" (0+ / 0-)

        was the term considered most polite and respectful.  Families emphasized their long roots in this very spot going back to the conquistadors and disliked to be associated with Mexican or Mexican-American origins whom they saw as lower-status and johnnie-come-lately -- thus 'Chicano' wasn't too popular either.  

        I'll never forget how years ago I had occasion to visit a small mountain village called Vallecitos, and met there my friends' landlord.  His name was Jose Zamora.  After I got home I decided to look up the village's history in the invaluable volume "Place Names of New Mexico", and found that it was founded in the 1600s by land grant to one Jose Zamora.

        But I haven't heard 'Spanish' as a term of identity for many decades now.  Personal preference for 'Hispanic' vs. 'Latino' seems to be roughly 50/50.  

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:10:24 AM PST

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