Posted by: Ann Corcoran | April 5, 2012

Hispanics don’t like being called “Hispanic”

Funny, isn’t it, that the majority of people presently referred to as “Hispanic” or “Latino” really prefer being identified by their country of origin.  But, of course the political Left would never allow such a thing for several reasons—first they are trying really hard to get rid of any notion of sovereign nations and pride in one’s national heritage, and secondly if people were identified by national origin, it might let outsiders see a bit of the truth—that some immigrants, lumped together now as Hispanic, don’t really like each other and are in competition for jobs etc (Mexicans vs. Salvadorans in Maryland).

And, finally, the Left/Socialists need the “Hispanic” label to make their team look larger, unified and thus more powerful.

Turns out that the Pew Research Center did a survey, and here is what they learned:

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A study shows that most Hispanics do not prefer the term “Hispanic” or “Latino” when it comes to describing their identity.

According to a new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 51 percent of Hispanics would rather be identified from their family’s country of origin, instead of describing their identity as “Hispanic” or “Latino.”

“Half (51%) say that most often they use their family’s country of origin to describe their identity,” the Pew Research Center survey says. “That includes such terms as ‘Mexican’ or ‘Cuban’ or ‘Dominican,’ for example. Just one-quarter (24%) say they use the terms ‘Hispanic’ or ‘Latino’ to most often to describe their identity. And 21% say they use the term ‘American’ most often.”

Read the whole article, it is really interesting.  Only 30% of “Hispanics” consider themselves “liberals.”

It turns out that the term “Hispanic” is only about thirty years old and was created by the federal government as a way define a group in need of welfare.  I don’t know this website, so I can’t vouch for it, but this (below) is interesting to ponder.

From The Hispanic Myth:

It is widely believed the term Hispanic first came into official use during the 1970s by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in an effort to identify and aid a collection of disadvantaged Spanish-speaking communities across Texas and California along with pockets of urban poverty in New York City and Chicago. The communities in Texas and California were primarily of Mexican origin while those in New York and Chicago were predominantly Puerto Rican. The communities’ common denominators were the Spanish language and impoverishment. In phenotype, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans are typically quite distinct. This well-meaning [I question that assertion—ed] attempt to aid a group of disadvantaged “Hispanic communities” has morphed into a de facto racial label that has come to encompass all Spanish surnamed people in the United States.

Readers, I will be away from my computer for a couple of days.  I won’t be able to post your comments until Saturday at the earliest.



  1. This turns out to be a very timely post. I was listening to one of the call-in conservative talk shows on the radio the other day (maybe yesterday, maybe the day before.) The caller asked the talk show host for a definition of an hispanic. The host asked for a clarification of the question. The caller, who was obviously attempting comedy while making a good point, said, ” Yea, exactly where is Hispania?

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