Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Classifying People

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Today in my Spanish class we discussed a topic that has comed up in this class as well. That is the topic of how to classify hispanics. Our professor mentioned that most white people refer to their Hispanic friends as “spanish or latino ” whereas most hispanics call each other by thier country of orgin ie. la mexicana, boricua, cubano…etc. If a Hispanic were to refer to another Hispanic by calling them Spanish you could assume they are from Spain, not just of Hispanic decent. This is interesting to me. I do not think it is necessarily wrong to call all Hispanics “spanish”, although I do think it is a significant indication of how Americans try to classify others by putting them into one lump sum. Everyone who is Hispanic is spanish, everyone who is black is African-American, and everyone who is white, well this seems to be the only area where we don’t lump sum, because anyone who is white is not automatically accepted or viewed as white. Why is this?


Written by raquelfreytes

November 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm

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  1. I agree with most of this blog, but I am not quite sure what you meant by the last sentence when dealing with white individuals: “anyone who is white is not automatically accepted or viewed as white.”


    November 20, 2009 at 6:56 pm

  2. I agree with this blog. In my opinion, however, I feel that eventually once the rate of Hispanic/Latino migration slows down, and the generations become more and more americanized, eventually the lighter Latino’s and Hispanics will be considered White, where as the darker skinned Hispanics/ Latinos will be considered black. This has happened with all of the different immagrant groups that has moved into the U.S., and I don’t feel like this trend will change. Unless, the Hispanic/Latino immagrants keep migrating to the U.S., through out history. If there is a constant flow of new immagrants, assimilation would be slower and harder.


    November 20, 2009 at 9:41 pm

  3. Yes, this is an interesting area that we as a society tend to ignore a lot of the time. There are always problems when trying to classify things, especially people based on what they look like or what language they speak. I definitely agree that we tend to “lump” groups together. It is interesting that you never really hear whites talking about their heritage or their original country of origin.


    November 20, 2009 at 10:27 pm

  4. Eventhough we classify all types of latinos as “Spanish,” I can definitely see and relate to the frustrations some people may have about being called something they really aren’t. I know that people classifying all oriental asians as “Chinese people” irritates me. We’re all of distinct countries…and should be acknowledged of the heritage we proudly represent. I definitely think that lumping groups together makes it easier for people to get the picture of what group they’re referring to, but I also don’t think it’s that hard to say what they really are either.


    November 22, 2009 at 2:06 am

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