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Are Hispanics White? Part 3 of 6

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(Referring to the reason Brazil is not considered a Hispanic country) It’s because they don’t primarily speak Spanish, they speak Portuguese – which brings us to Latino, or Latinx if you want to be gender-inclusive (which you should be).

Latinx refers to having origins in Latin America, which is basically the countries in North and South America that are geographically south of the United States, including most of the Caribbean. And unlike Hispanic, Latinx excludes much of Latin America’s colonizer, Spain.

So, one more time: Hispanic refers to the Spanish language, and Latinx refers to a geographic location.

But, whichever term you use, neither of them actually refers to racial identity. Just like America, Latin America has a long and complex history that intersects between Native people, European colonization, African slavery, and global immigration patterns – which is why there are white Latinos, Native Latinos, Black Latinos, Asian Latinos, and every kind of mixture that you could think of.

Does that help?

Yeah, that does help!

But I think part of the problem that we’re dealing with is…)

This is Part 3 of 6 in an ongoing series. Check back again on Friday for Part 4!

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