Monday, August 17, 2009

Being Latino...

What exactly does that mean? Are you Hispanic? Today a colleague asked me if there was a difference with Hispanic and Latino and appropriate times to use them. Honestly, it's very hard to answer this question. Last June the New York Times blogged about this very question.

There are a lot of people who prefer Hispanic and a lot of people who prefer Latino. Like the NY Times article states, "While both “Latino” and “Hispanic” are generally acceptable, some people have a strong preference. We should respect those preferences as much as possible in referring to individuals and groups; reporters and editors should routinely ask."

No matter what you prefer, remember to respect who you are and your culture. Being Latino may not be an option, but it is important.

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