There are relatively new classifications of Americans — white Hispanic-Americans and black Hispanic-Americans.
According to the Census Bureau, Hispanic is not a race so Hispanics get two classifications on census records. They get to check off Hispanic, even if they are US citizens, and they get to pick a race, white or black.
“Hispanic” is a narrower term than “Latino” that only refers to persons of Spanish-speaking origin or ancestry, while “Latino” is more frequently used to refer more generally to anyone of Latin American origin or ancestry, including Portuguese and Portuguese-speaking Brazilians.
The term “Hispanic” was adopted by the United States government in the early 1970s during the administration of Richard Nixon. Members of a Hispanic interdepartmental Ad Hoc Committee pushed for it.
The terms have been used brilliantly by the left to put all people south of the border into a category they can corral into a voting bloc. It’s easier to convince large blocs of people, as opposed to small groups, that Republicans hate them.
Hispanic and Latino Americans
The Trayvon Martin case in 2012 was taken up by the media to fit an agenda. Before the media saw the killer, they said he was white. Then it became apparent he was Hispanic.
When The NY Times discovered that George Zimmerman wasn’t 100% white (they only paid attention to his name), they started calling him a white-Hispanic as opposed to Hispanic.
The NY Times wanted to paint Zimmerman as white as possible to buoy their racial case against him.
This has become a common practice.
There were reports Friday that Esteban Santiago, the Florida airport killer, was called a white Hispanic by the media. Those reports are inaccurate and we have corrected a prior article referring to the alleged reports. However, we thought this would be an opportunity to talk about the use of the terms Latino-Americans and Hispanic-Americans.
For one thing, as an aside, the countries south of the border are all very different, with different cultures, governments, and values. They are not the same.
We Need to Stop Hyphenating Americans
Prior to hyphenated Americans, we were one country. Race and nation of origin did not matter when it came to our designation. We were all Americans in a United States. Now we are African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Asian-Americans, Irish-Americans, German-Americans. It’s a bad practice that separates and divides.
Being just American doesn’t mean you abandon your race or national heritage. It means you have agreed to adopt the values of our nation, including our Constitution, our holidays, and our love of freedom.
The left has an obsession with categorizing people. It’s a bad idea.