On the Hispanic/Latino Question

by José Simián

Two interesting views on an evergreen topic for those of us who identify ourselves, or are referred to, as Latino/Hispanic.

First, the New York Times’ newsroom addresses to the usage of the Hispanic and Latino concepts. Bottom line: Never generalize (naming country of origin is better than the general concepts) and let people choose how to identify themselves.

Then, an opinion column from the Los Angeles Times by Jonathan Zimmerman (via the Hispanic New York Project) on the “mythical quality” of the concept of Hispanic. Striking affirmation: If you choose to identify yourself as “Hispanic,” you’re partly playing Nixon’s game.

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