Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Hispanic is not a race

This is a misconception among many. There are black, white, native, and Asian Hispanics across all of Latin America. For example, the country of Peru is actually quite diverse. There are a mix of white Peruvians originating from Europe, Afro-Peruvians originating from African and Asian-Peruvians originating from Japan and China, and the native Peruvians that were there. This mix was a result of immigration throughout the history of the country to form the current demographics of Peru. The term Hispanic could be compared to the term “American”, which includes many races, cultures and subcultures. When we think of “Hispanic” this shouldn’t be any different then how we think of the term American.

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