alywoah
2 years ago1,000+ Views
"Latino" Is Not A Race
Latin America is made up of several countries, including Nicaragua, Peru, Cuba, Brazil, and Mexico. The faces of Latin America vary significantly. Unfortunately, the media often portrays just one face for the Latino community, which could be part of the reason as to why there’s a very skewed view of how Latin Americans might look like. This can also influence as to how Latin Americans view each other, especially regarding issues on colorism.
Just like any group of people -- we are all different, each person has their own identity. This is the same for Latin America. In regards to race, we come in different colors. We can have blue eyes and blond hair. We can also be dark-skinned with coarse hair. Our phenotypical traits are influenced by the region indigenous people of Latin American, the European colonization of Latin America, and the African slave trading. Because of this, there is a mix of races that inhabit Latin America.
Not only are our racial features influenced by the the varied groups of people who came or already inhabited Latin America, but so is our culture. Everything from our food, music, and art, has been influenced by the netting of different cultures.
Growing up, I struggled with culturally and racially identifying myself. I was struggling with my identity because I thought that I couldn't be both black and Latino. Later, I learned that was not true. I totally can be! I can embrace my culture and background wholly and shamelessly.

Remember, Latin America emcompasses many races and cultures. "Latino" is not a race. The term refers to people of a Latin American origin.

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@alywoah it's slang for white person, but I'm not sure that's how it's spelled lol
2 years ago·Reply
Oh okay! It looks like it's a Mexican slang (which I am not well versed in lol). According to Google, you spelled it right. It's one of the spellings for the term. Well I learned something new today!!! @buddyesd
2 years ago·Reply
@alywoah sometimes it's easy to forget that not every area uses the same words lol
2 years ago·Reply
Ha, exactly! I am more familiar with Latin American slang from the Caribbean.
2 years ago·Reply
@alywoah you know, Houston where I grew up and Laredo where I'm at now is only like 350 miles apart and when I got here I learned that they call automobiles muebles...I only knew muebles as furniture lol it's crazy some of the differences :D
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