I am half Mexican and half white. I don't speak spanish. Am I hispanic or latino?

I am a blonde with blue eyes, tan skin.

12 Comments

  1. You’re half white and half Mexican, like you said.

    And of you were born and raised in America, nobody should expect you to speak Spanish any more than someone of Italian descent would be expected to speak Italian, than someone with Chinese heritage would be expected to speak Chinese, etc.

    If anything, you would be half white and half Hispanic (see below).

    •Latino generally refers to countries (or cultures) that were once under Roman rule. This includes Italy, France, Spain, etc. Brazilians are considered to be Latino, but are not considered to be Hispanic.

    •Hispanic describes cultures or countries that were once under Spanish rule (Mexico, Central America, and most South America where Spanish is the primary language).

    I know you are but what am I?
  2. MEXICAN IS NOT A RACE

    THERE ARE FULLY BLACK MEXICANS TO FULLY WHITE MEXICANS

    MEXICAN= A NATIONALITY LIKE AMERICAN IS A NATIONALITY NOT A RACE

    HISPANIC=OF SPANISH SPEAKING DESCENT

    LATINO=LATIN AMERICAN

    U ARE BOTH HISPANIC AND LATINO..AND EITHER FULLY WHITE OR WHITE AND NATIVE AMERICAN..

    DANNY: Suspended #8
  3. You’re Mexican-American.

    But if you must use a broad term:

    in my experience white people use the term -Hispanic- more often then actual Latino persons who more often use the term -Latino-

    So you could use either term. Either way your still a gringo.

    portumadre
  4. I totally get what you’re saying: half latino, half caucasian. So what do you claim on job applications???

    When it asks to check one:
    White (not Hispanic or Latino)
    Two or more races (not Hispanic or Latino)
    Hispanic or Latino

    WTH?? And which is the better answer for a job, anyhow, since we have a choice?

    Carol/Carolina w/an accent
  5. Hispanic covers many cultures with Spanish language in common. Hispanics can be native American, white, black, Asian or any combination you can think of. It you don’t speak Spanish and don’t have any cultural affinity with any Hispanic group, you probably should consider yourself as white.

    José
  6. The question refers to Ethnicity, not Race. So the frustrated “Mexican is not a race” responses…YOU are the stupid person. The question I have is why are those with a family tree of some Spanish blood classified differently than those, for example of Polish, German, Russian, Greek,Swedish, French etc. blood. They have a different language and different culture too. Simple geographic proximity of first class bigotry in action that the melting pot USA should be highly embarassed about. The fact you may ONLY speak Spanish may be pertinent in an English speaking country, as if you only spoke Polish. However, the rest of the classification is only serves to supress…consequently bullshit. For the record, I am not Hispanic.

    Rick
  7. I have one daughter/20, who is half white half mexican, her biological father was never in her life, I raised her in a white family, have always thought of her as an American citizen…… Never has had any Mexican people in her life. She has darker skin and could pass for Asian, Italian, etc. Now that she is working, in school wasn’t sure what she would put on applications, have never asked her or thought about it until today. Since mexican/Latino seems to have more opportunities then american white people I am going to tell her to mark Latino on applications. Feel bad for her that it bothers her sometimes. So stupid, she is my child and was born in America, if she looked more like me it wouldn’t be an issue. Just goes to show skin in skin at any color……………..

    Pamela
  8. Carol/Carolina. Thank you. I had that same problem earlier today. Are they saying that if you are Hispanic and White you are not allowed to claim bei g two races? Youre obligated to say youre Hispanic? Bunch of b.s.

    Elizabeth

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