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(If on the Census form) you choose you’re Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish-Origin, then choose the six categories offered. Not only is this a heck of a shock when you remember that over 55 million U.S citizens are Hispanic, but I guess the “Some Other Race,” category is supposed to be a passive-aggressive catch-all for their beautifully diverse culture? And even that option doesn’t really work. According to the U.S Census Bureau, most people who mark “Some Other Race,” are often counted as white. So, if Hispanic isn’t a race, then what is it? Well, before we get to that, we actually have to settle another important thing: what’s the difference between Hispanic and Latino? So, I’m gonna enlist some help from my friend, Kat Lazo.

Thanks for having me, Francesca. So, it may get a little confusing if this is your first time hearing this, so I’ll try to keep it as simple as I can.

Hispanic refers to people of Spanish-speaking origins. It means you have a family history in a Spanish-speaking country. This means you have origins in these countries, including Spain. But, notice how Brazil isn’t included in the map? Well, that’s because they don’t primarily speak Spanish (there)

This is Part 2 of 6 in an ongoing series. Check back on Monday for Part 3!

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