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correcting a mistake: "it's best to know there's NO Latino/a look."
@ OrchidBlack Granted, defining oneself is not easy and various people can self-identify however they like, but the general definitions go a little like this: 'Hispanic' usually refers to anyone of Spanish descent (including from Spain), generally as a result of colonization. Most people who are Spanish (from Spain) do not claim to be Latino/a. They may speak of Latin culture, etc. but do not say they are Latino/a. Most importantly, many people who identify as Latino/a find the term, Hispanic, derogatory. Latino/a usually refers to anyone from Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean either of European (Spain-Spanish) or Mestizo or Indian descent or African descent (Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, etc). I would like to stress that there is a ton of physical diversity amongst Latinos due to colonization (and with that came African slaves via Spanish ships like the one Columbus came on). Not to mention, there were people (Indians) living all through Latin America already as descendants of the Incas and Mayans, etc. Don't even get me started about the origins of Chinatown in Old Havana or Fujimori, the Japanese President of Peru. In sum, there is a lot of mixing and a lot of diversity from Lynda Carter, a Mexican American woman (Wonder Woman!), & Cameron Diaz to America Ferrera to Zoe Saldana to Reagan Gomez-Preston. Really, it's best to know there's Latino/a look. Check it out.
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