Skip to comments.Why Are Italian-Americans Not Considered Latin(o)s?
Posted on 12/23/2016 9:00:01 AM PST by PJ-Comix
One thing that has always amused me is why Italian-Americans are not considered Latins or Latinos (which also means "Latin" in Italian). To get an idea of how absurd this is, Italians (or their ancestors) were the original Latins. On top of that Italians are definitely more Latin than the residents of many countries considered to be populated by Latinos. An example is Mexico where folks entirely Indian or Mestizo are considered Latino in this country but Italian-Americans are not.
I'm figuring this has strictly to do with affirmative action programs. Still, it is amusing that the original Latin people are not considered "Latino" in the USA.
p.s. Are people whose ancestors are all from Spain considered "Latino?" If so this makes the fact that Italian-Americans are not considered Latin(o) even more absurd.
I believe it has to do with heritage tied to Latin America, which Spain and Portugal have but Italy (despite Columbus) does not. I suspect that a fellow from Madrid, Spin would not regard himself as Latino, either. I may be corrected.
Because they assimilated?
So can an Italian be considered Latino only by being born in Argentina and then immigrating to the USA? Then magically he is considered Latin (or Latino) while his fellow Italians born in the USA are not?
At our local high school, one friend’s Chinese-German son is considered “white,” while another friend’s Swedish-Argentine (blond) daughter is considered “latino.”
Its the ridiculousness of the fascist left’s racial politics and metrics.
Because they are White Europeans, and have no value for identity politics.
Not only that, but people who immigrated from Spain have been told by gov’t bureaucrats that they aren’t “Hispanic”. Seriously!
There is still debate about that.
By many accounts Spaniards who never made it to Latin America are white Europeans.
People from Argentina or Peru all of whose ancestors come from Spain or Italy are considered Latino in the United States, but white in South America.
There is also debate about whether Brazilians qualify as Hispanic or Latino.
The liberal race baiters don’t mean Latin per se. They mean the hordes of do nothings who want something .
I call them Latini(s). A political description where no people have no heritage of Latin. More Indian Thant European ecept for the actors in Univision.
I can understand why Italians are not considered Latinos - since they do not speak Spanish and are not from Latin America - but it is interesting how Spaniards are sometimes lumped in with Latinos even though not from Latin America and Brazilians too even though they don’t speak Spanish. Sometimes. Other times Brazilians are said not to be Latinos just as Leftists sometimes say Cubans are not really Latinos (because so many of them are conservatives and light skinned).
I knew a Californio woman of pure Spanish upper class background yet I believe according to the statistics she would be considered "Latina."
It is just this kind of free thinking that is ruining our country.
Report to the nearest reeducation facility.
Please check your white privilege at the door. \sss
On all forms that ask race, I now put down Native American, since I was born here.
Indians are just the First Immigrants.
Asians are honorary whites. Billy Jeff was black.
A guy like Keith Hernandez has never referred to himself as Latino. His dad’s family came from Spain. Same with Lou Piniella. You don’t see the Portuguese from Provincetoen or New Bedford referring to their community as Latino. I believe you are correct that it involve central and south America and , to keep their racial props, mixed blood of native and European
Argentina’s population is over 60% of Italian heritage. I am would think an Italian-Argentinian would qualify as a Latin-American in this county.
Latino = Latin American so I’m guessing you have to have some indigenous Central/South American ancestry to qualify. But intriguing question!
Moctezuma upon first seeing Spanish horses: WOW! I wish we would have had those animals.
Hernando Cortez: Well, you did have them originally but then you ATE ALL THE DAMN HORSES!!!
Moctezuma: So how come you have horses?
Cortez: Because a few escaped your dinner plates by trotting across the land connection to Siberia. As for the rest, you ATE ALL THE DAMN HORSES!!!
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