I read in that article
by MarkFlax - 4/4/12 12:40 PM
In Reply to: But by TONI H
where the US mandated the terms Hispanic and Latino in the 70's. I don't understand that because it immediately labels people even if they are born Americans.
We don't do that over here even though censuses allow residents to state their heritage or country of origin. But even so there are certain sections of the community who insist on calling themselves what they are not. Mainly British whose heritage is Pakistani, whether first, second or 3rd generation, they talk of their Home, Pakistan. It isn't their home, the UK is, and they have never lived in Pakistan and would never want to live there. But they have to go "Home" to renew their ties and get married and so on.
No other section of the community does this, not those whose ancestry is Indian, Chinese, Polish, not even Italians.
It annoys me that those others think this way.
As for Hispanics and Latinos, it's a shame that America labels them in that way.
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