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GUSTAVO ARELLANO 

¡Ask a Mexican!

Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:10 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

Dear Mexican: I like reading your articles — they are funny, sad, insightful, crude, serious, and even a little provocative and antagonizing at times. One thing I find a little antagonizing is the use of the term Latino as a synonym only for Hispanic; certainly yours is not the only forum in which these two terms are used interchangeably. I’ve noticed that you tend to favor Hispanic quite a bit more than Latino. Thank you for that. While I may sound racist by making that remark, I am actually trying to raise cultural awareness and combat racism. I see it everywhere, and its use is absurd and has become ubiquitous. The Latins as a people, a culture, a language, a tribe, came from ancient Italy. On employment applications or government forms, the race/ethnicity section doesn’t include anyone other than Hispanics as synonymous with Latin(o). Where is the room for us Latin-Europeans? Us Italians or French or Portuguese? As Italian Americans, we rarely even get associated with a culture that came from our own land! See how racism can take many forms? Some that most aren’t even aware of! Thanks, and hope to hear back from you.

Livid Latin Lover

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