Opinion: Could the term ‘Hispanic-American’ unify America's Latinos?
William Levy was a star before "Dancing," Cutié writes; why doesn't the U.S. understand the depth of its Latino population?
May 7th, 2012
07:17 AM ET

Opinion: Could the term ‘Hispanic-American’ unify America's Latinos?

Editor's note: Fr. Albert Cutié is an Episcopal priest and former Roman Catholic cleric known as Padre Alberto or "Father Oprah." He is the author of the memoir, "Dilemma: A Priest's Struggle with Faith and Love" and hosted the talk show "Father Albert." He's on Twitter @padrealberto.

By Fr. Albert Cutié, Special to CNN

(CNN) – Recently, at the end of a long day at work, I watched a reality TV show with my wife. I was stunned when the host referred to a Hispanic and American actor as someone who “became a celebrity overnight.” William Levy regularly appears on prime-time programming seen by millions of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States and throughout Latin America, but only now that he’s on “Dancing with the Stars,” he is a star.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Did this host have any idea just how many of us there are in this country? How much programming, marketing and advertising is produced daily for Spanish-language networks in the United States? To say that a Hispanic-American television personality “became a celebrity” because he appeared on an English-language program is to ignore the great impact of Hispanic and Latino population.

According to the 2010 Census, the Hispanic population surpasses 50 million people and it accounts for about 1 out of 6 Americans. That’s a lot of people, and we didn’t just get here. As someone who has spent several years working in media, I’m often surprised how in the United States, this wonderfully pluralistic nation of ours, we often hear people speak of Latinos and Hispanics as if we were all of the same exact culture, race and ethnicity. It bothers me to hear people say, “but you don’t look Hispanic,” as if there is only one appearance in our big umbrella of races and cultures.

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I sometimes want to say, “We have been around here a long time, how many of us have you met?” Yet, being polite and not wanting to turn a casual conversation into a politically incorrect racial-social conflict, I usually let it go.

So what will unite us, whether we look like Levy, Jessica Perez, Marco Rubio?

Perhaps the insistence of one of my Twitter friends, Jorge Ros Sr., is totally right: We should begin to call ourselves “Hispanic-Americans.”

This would bring all of us, regardless of race, under one umbrella and it would make it easier for us, as a minority, to be identified in a more unified way.

I even find myself often using the terms Latino and Hispanic interchangeably, sometimes wondering which ethnonym is more “kosher” or generally accepted today. No one seems to have the final word on the best word, so the controversy continues, mostly due to the diversity of ethnicities, races and countries of origin within the Hispanic American community. It is important for people in the mainstream - whatever that is anymore - to know more about us. Ignorance about the Hispanic and Latino population means ignorance about a big part of American life today.

Maybe the issue which underlies all of this is that we live in a totally new and diverse world, one that is so diverse in race, culture, languages and ways of understanding life, that we must allow ourselves to seek better ways of truly understanding and identifying all this diversity.

But first, I believe that as Hispanics or Latinos, whichever you prefer, we must learn from the African-American and Asian-American communities which have largely united under one ethnonym that encompasses all, even with the diversity they possess.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Fr. Albert Cutié.

soundoff (89 Responses)
  1. Jorge

    What I need to call myself for the sake of others is really not that high on my list of burning priorities, I do, however, have a list of choice things I'd like to call a few people who have crossed my path.

    May 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Melvin

    Yes, if you are Hispanic who is American Citizen. You may be called,Hispanic American.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Shay

    You're either American or you're not. In Britain, black people don't call themselves African-British. They're British. Same goes for any hispanic, latino, Mexican... etc, etc. African-Americans are just Americans. Hispanic-Americans are just Americans. By continuing to call themselves anything more than American, they continue to keep the gap open, and the racial tension going.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. JOSE0311USMC



    May 9, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. guy

    Why would you call them hispanic-americans? thats basically calling them american-americans.
    but call me crazy but I just call them people and if citizens then i call them americans.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  6. Moncada

    Yeah and my name isn't even Spanish as I have always thought, it's from the Catalan language.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Moncada

    Why not just "American?" Every time I travel down south people refer to themselves as Mexicans. What is Mexico doing right to unify its people? There are still racial tension there but they have national pride and put their nation before race or ethnicity.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. VWS

    It is way past time for this country – in particular the Federal goverment – to stop the racial profiling. NO more Latino, African, Hispanic, Asian, Native, etc. Get the government and some so called religious leaders out of the race business. You are either an American or not.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. German-English-Italian-French-Lithuanian-Sudanese-American

    I waon't be happy until I have my own day to shut down NYC traffic like every other hyphen group. *fist in the air*

    May 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC


      May 9, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  10. Griffiths

    Is this the same guy who claim to be a priest and was having a affair with his now wife.

    . We are all Americans end of story

    May 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • yesica

      What does father Alberto's life has to do with his opinion?? aren't we humans? Here, the only judge is God... He is only defending his thoughts and his roots..

      May 10, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jose Hernandez

    The sad part of this discourse is that those of us who were born outside of the U.S and lived in our native countries, never looked at others, with some minor exceptions, as a seperate group of people but as argentinos, venezolanos...ect. regardless of the color of their skin or ethnic origin. That is not to say that there is no discrimination. However, I find it facinating how when we move to the U.S. we beging to stereotype and to use words that describe different groups. I have been identified as an italian and jewish by many people. Some have gone as far as to think that I joking when I tell them my name. So my vote: I do not like the term "hispanic american".

    May 8, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MICAHM

    I'm sorry, Hispanic-, African-, Asian-.... I AM AN AMERICAN WITHOUT A -, (dash). Yes, we are a diverse society and yes we ALL can get along so let's start acting like American's and stop trying to segregate yourself from the rest of us. You’re not anymore special than I and I am not anymore special than you. GOD created us all equal, so start acting like it and we all can move on to more pressing issues like getting America back to work.

    May 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • my2cent

      i am black and i hate the term african-american. i am an american. period.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC


      May 9, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • myke

      I am white, but my grandfather was American Indian, and my grandmother English (from the UK)...please, respect my ethnicity and call me American Indian-English-American.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NotNMyUS

    I have a problem with all of the hyphenated ethnic groups. Question: Where are these places on the map? African-American, Latino-American, or Asian-American all are made up places and things. To truly unite any race of people accept them in your culture/country, rather it be United States, Italy, or Germany. Call them the same as anyone else with a citizenship. Even with the hyphen in the middle, you are still from somewhere else and then included in that country. There is way too much division between people today and the hyphenated terms do not help unite anyone, but instead classify.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    Sounds about right – even though I'm just a plain ole black American NOT African-American..........I just want to be an American period.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      To be perfectly clear – I think the idea is ridiculous. (I figured at some point the idea would be thrown around, that meaning a new category of Americans.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Rivera

      I am Puerto Rican born in New Jersey and I prefer just American, period end of story.
      If someone says something and asks me I say I may say I am hispanic but not hispanic American.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC


        May 9, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
      • JOSE0311USMC


        May 9, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Plain ole white guy here. Just another American.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • JOSE0311USMC


      May 9, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marie

    I notice you list Asian-Americans and African-Americans as examples to emulate. Why not encourage Hispanics/Latinos to be called browns, like whites? After all, whites have been encouraged for decades to forget about their backgrounds – whether they be Italian, Swedish, Australian, etc. This is why they referred to George Zimmerman as a white Hispanic. The media and the public don't care about the person's white roots. Is that disrespectful or has it unified whites to not care whether that white person has Italian or Russian roots?

    BTW, just b/c someone is Hispanic-American doesn't mean they side with illegal immigration, speak Spanish and keep track of who's a celebrity south of the border.

    May 8, 2012 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Not a good idea since Hispanics are united by language, not race. For example, Uruguay, where I live, has a higher percentage of Caucasians than the USA, as Rich mentioned.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • MICAHM

      Name calling is perfect fit for a person who segregates themselves from the rest of us with a dash.

      May 8, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaime

      Well, most Indians, Pakistanis, and Bangladeshis are very brown too!

      And many Hispanics are decidely not that brown...despite the racial rhetoric. Most "brown" Hispanics are mestizos or Native Latin Americans.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  16. Chicago dude

    The thing that will always keep "them" separate is this nonsense of Spanish language. I've talked with a grade school teacher who was from the Ukraine. Her husband was American. She could not believe the waste and stupidity caused by teaching Spanish to Spanish speaking students. They speak it in school, at home, at work. Their language is their pride. It shows something, what I don't know. Failure to learn English only puts them behind more than ever. The most common language spoken in the world today is English. Why. Its the international language in business. Airport controllers the world over conduct their business in English. The teacher from the Ukraine was glad to leave this area when her husband transferred to Ohio.

    May 8, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      The most spoken language in the world is English????? Are you serious??? Just because it's the language that is used for international communication does not mean the rest of the world is speaking it.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
      • Ha Ha

        You're most probably right.

        The most spoken language in the world probably would be Chinese (including all its dialects). Spoken in just one large country (China, including Hong Kong and Macau), and probably less than half a dozen other, very tiny, countries (Taiwan, Singapore and, probably to a lesser extent, Indonesia and Malaysia).

        "Its the population, stupid!" (Not addressed to you.)

        May 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Anthony

    No-one should give a rat's butt about nationality or ethnicity. Loving your country, what is that even supposed to mean, if you hate everything it supposedly stands for? BTW, when white people didn't have anyone of different distinct ethnicity to discriminate against, they discriminated against "not so pure europeans", e.g. true americans vs irish and next vs europeans, and then against "farm boys" and "red necks" and the list just goes and goes like Star Wars' credits LOL

    May 8, 2012 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary Beth

      Very true. My grandparents came during a time when "no Irish need apply". My brother and I both told my parents when we were in elementary school "we're not Irish, we're Americans". The same was true of our Italian neighbors whose parents "came from the other side". We all, that is, my generation, fought to be considered American. I really don't understand why 2nd and 3rd generation HIspanic.Latino whatever insist on being considered special, no more than "African Americans " whose ancestors came here hundreds of years ago,and have often as many European ancestors as African ancestors. What we have in common is more important than what separates us

      May 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  18. CARMAG

    How ignorant this nation is. We laugh when the media puts TV ads portraying only and only white Anglos and African American models when is a known fact that Mediterranean peoples-those you call Latins-are more numerous and by far more productive, and we own thousand of business and by far with a greater purchasing power. Maybe because we are proud of who we are and where we come from that we have our own TV stations, magazines and newspapers.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • urmomlol

      Mediterranean, huh?

      May 8, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  19. Polli

    I should have made my point, that is we, the other races, do not uphold a race based on Language-Latino-isn't about race–it is about Language. It is not a flattering referral. You do not seem to get it.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Polli

    Nobody cares what the F__ you are...do you care what mix WHite people are? French, English, German, Irish, American Indian, Greek, African....Russian....all very different languages....Nigerians have 33 different languages in their country so they adopted English because it was so easy..... No, you are just so self absorbed that you are a Spanish Speaking person of either American Indian descent or latin Indian Or Mexican Indian. As a matter of pride why not go to your roots? And say what you are? Not only that why not Unify with the rest of Americans who all came here speaking other languages??? WE ALL DID. We're Americans. Latinos are from South of the Border. But we respect you more when you say what your heritage is. Aztec, Mexican, Mayan, Indigenous, Mexican, COlumbian, etc. WHo cares if you speak Spanish??? If your Nigerian and you live in ENgland, I expect you will have an English accent. If you'er Russian raised in England I expect you to speak English, If you are Arab living in PAnama all your life I expect you to speak Spanish. WHo cares? But in America we speak En glish–American English anyway, because we don't understand that British English....so learn to speak it and your troubles will melt away.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Michael

    Latino is the broader term since it includes all ethnic & racial groups south of the Rio Grande.. Hispanics are those of Spanish lineage, so the term excludes Brazilians, but includes Filipinos.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • linkspast

      Michael, Brazilians are Latinos, but they are not HIspanic (Spanish speaking)

      May 8, 2012 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
      • Ha Ha

        I believe that's exactly what he said.

        Just pointin' out...

        May 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • ok

        umm my wife is from brazil. from what she told me they do not consider themselves latinos(she sure as hell dont condider herself one). some even get offended if you call them that. and thats coming from a natural born brazillian.

        May 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. chris

    Let's face it that many from Mexico, Central America and South America are just as racist as any other group of people. Many Mexicans it's about skin color and not where people came from. Mestizos and indigenous people are the discriminated against Latinos deserving of protection. Mexicans of European decent who look white are not Latino. I went to school with a guy from Mexico, his parents and grandparents were born there, but he had blonde hair and looked white. The Mexican student groups said he could not participate and was turned down for scholarships that would be available to any other Mexican immigrant kids growing up in the States because he wasn't a dark skinned Mexican with indigenous blood.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moncada

      Total truth. I am a white complected Hispanic and I know when they announce "Latino party" on the radio, that they are referring to Latinos that are "darker complected." I have often been told that I lie because I have white looking relatives down in Mexico! It's frustrating.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Mark Lloret

    When I arrived from Paraguay 32 years ago, I resented being labeled or that "hispanic" was considered a race. What happened to South Americans of German or Italian descent? How about my great-grandparents who probably refused to speak Castillan in their native Barcelona? Are Spaniards “hispanos”? and if my primary language at home is Guarani, spoken by the majority of Paraguayan, am I considered Hispanic? What happened is I was born in the U.S. and do not speak Spanish but my last name is Lopez, am I more hispanic than someone with the lastname of Levy, was born in Buenos Aires and is Jewish? – In other words, I wish Hispanics spoke better English and assimilated more in the United States without losing their roots.

    May 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Solo

      Speak whatever language you want in your home(s) to keep "your roots" but do not expect that the U.S. needs to cater to you in order for you to communicate. Learn the English language, become a legal taxpaying citizen just like the rest of us. Call yourself anything you want once these criteria are met. I could care less.

      May 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Solo

    The U.S. has no real policy or intention of ever defining our country – it's currently allowed for an illegal to obtain a driver's license in many states. It makes no sense. Illegals enter our country, maybe work with paying taxes during crop harvest season and all the while abuse my tax dollars by expecting to be eligible for welfare benefits, public housing, schools, etc.


    May 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyre

      Amen to that!

      May 7, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Tiredofit

    When are the bureaucratic label-makers going to figure out that defining a huge group of people on the basis of historic linguistic affiliation is just useless? I vote for "American". Or maybe just "human".

    May 7, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • villain

      This is the problem today in our country it should not be about divisional labels wether it be hispanic african asian but just simply AMERICAN! thats it, yes be proud of your heritage and parents culture and language but once your born in this country this is your country not mexico argentina cuba or anywhere else where they might of come from and if you feel it is more important to claim that country as your own well there's the door dont let it hit you on the way out is all have to say

      May 8, 2012 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
      • Alvarez

        Well said. America is where I was born, where I was married, where I pay taxes and where I will die. To hell with all the label-makers like Albert over there.

        May 8, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  26. urmomlol

    Yeah, I hear the best way to unify people is to encourage them to identify with ever more finely-divided sub-categories.

    May 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Why Not

      Why not?

      Multinational, multilingual, multicultural countries are not an impossibility. In fact, many, from Switzerland to India to Singapore to Canada, are doing rather well, if not thriving...

      (Even the United Kingdom, for example, could be considered a multilingual, multicultural and possibly a multinational country. English, though generally understood throughout, is not the native language in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. And a Scot would be culturally as different than an Englishman as a Swede to a Frenchman. Also, recently, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland did receive their devolved legislatures or "Parliaments".

      And yet, the United Kingdom is not falling apart.)

      May 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Why Not

        >>> Multinational, multilingual, multicultural countries are not an impossibility. <<<

        Nor are they necessarily undesirable. That is the crux of my argument.

        May 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Anthony

    You are missing the point, you chose the wrong thread to post your hatred. This is about labeling legal american citizens (as much as I disagree with even labelling people on their passport), not about Mexican illegal immigrants. It's not the same. I can not lump together all the problems, it's called over-simplification and denotes a huge lack of awareness ....

    May 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Son of the South

      "srew " awareness......this is America. Act like it. Either love it, or leave it. Enough really is enough.

      May 8, 2012 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  28. Alex

    How about just American? Not just for Latinos, but for all of us. I am sick of hearing people say things like, "I'm Italian." No, you're not Italian. You are American. You were born here, raised here, and have never even been to Italy dummy.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I'm with you Alex.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  29. American citizen

    If you do not want to be called an american than i suggest you go home with the rest of the illegals that are sucking our schools ,social programs,jobs dry.Go wave your mexican flags back in mexio where it would mean something.I find it very offencive to see mexicans driving around with the mexican flag flastered on their car,or hanging from their homes.If you want to act like a foreign national the go home and do it but not here in america.Do us a favor and quit using our recources and then sending your money back to mexico.Better yet Deport every last illegall now and their families,maybe the american workers wages will rise again.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eddie Garcia

      Again, with the labels.....Father Cutie: I am of HIspanic and Italian descent but as a person proudly living in the United States of America, I am an AMERICAN!!!
      I am tired of people like you insisting on using hyphenated labels to describe Americans. Regardless of where we come from, we are Americans living in the USA. By calling ourselves AMERICANS does NOT take away where we came from..People like you keep dividing our great country......so PLEASE for God's sake, STOP IT!!!

      May 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Point

        Very well said...

        May 7, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Alicia

        Its latinos who hyphenate and therefore alienate themselves by their divisiveness. it's like all the loyalty is to mexico and America is just here for what they can take, legally or otherwise.

        May 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Criolla

      It is the goverment that has invented a "new race" , we DO NOT want to be lumped together, we chose to be Americans, and we should not be forced to be part of a group that beside the language we do not have nothing else in common.
      I refused to have a designated "race"what next , a sign on our clothes?

      May 8, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Point

    Quotes from one of America's greatest presidents:
    “There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism…. The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities.”
    “We can have no '50-50' allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.”
    "There are good men and bad men of all nationalities, creeds and colors; and if this world of ours is ever to become what we hope some day it may become, it must be by the general recognition that the man's heart and soul, the man's worth and actions, determine his standing."
    “Every immigrant who comes here should be required within five years to learn English or leave the country.”
    Theodore Roosevelt

    May 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art

      When my mother and I returned from a trip to Europe to see relatives, and started to speak their language, my father said we are in America and we speak English. That ended it. We spoke English

      May 8, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  31. Asaint

    Listen, Latinos, Hispanics, or what ever designation you want to use are NOT denying that they are proud Americans. However, to white wash all of us (no pun intended) as simply being only American is removing the culture and diversity of what makes up the fabric of America. I know that Latino/Hispanics, etc. do not have a race designation, but we all didn't decide on that, it was decided for us. My birth certificate says I'm White, but I was not accepted as someone who was White. For me being Latino, even a 3rd generation American, I am still proud of my culture and heritage, just as I am proud to be an American. To reduce Latinos to only a culture, takes a lot away.

    May 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |

      Now this is where I get confused in a mixed race couple, how do we track the race of the child or children? How far back in the family tree do we look? What if a white man marries an Asian woman and they have a daughter and she marries a Jamaican. They have a son that marries someone from Spain in turn have a son that marries someone from Mexico. They have a daughter that marries a man whose father is African- American and mother is an Arab. So what is the race of the last child born or for that matter any of the children. Yes having a diverse Culture is a wonderful thing but for all of you trying to put people in little boxes in the name of equality you just might be more of a bigot than you know.

      May 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anthony

        I couldn't have put it better ...bravissimo maestro !

        May 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mary Beth

        You hit the nail on the head!!!!

        May 8, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • MICAHM

        I am with you on this one. Just say no to a label and say hello to being an American who is from land of the free.

        May 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Burlesque

    Hi Father

    I guess you just said it. This term misuse is based on the huge lack of knowledge of some individuals. that is not the race or ethnicity that makes the human being superior, if not your knowledge and willingness to deal with people every day

    May 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  33. WDinDallas

    I don't want to be called a White American.....this is foolish.

    May 7, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • You said it!

      I have hated being called "white" for years. Just really angers me. Next time you see a job application you'll know why.

      May 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • WDinDallas

        Own the company.....looking forward to retirement amigo.

        May 7, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  34. babydolly

    I agree with JusDav. How about unite and BE an American PERIOD? Another point, too, is 5 out of 6 people, which IS a majority, don't watch Spanish TV shows here in America. I don't watch TV shows with commercials, so I have never watched DWTS. Whatever program you watch is your business, but at the end of the day, AMERICANS all bleed red.

    May 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthony

      Actually, all people bleed red. In a globalized 2012, it's about time to go even beyond borders and stop the non-sense of nationalism. Please read Albert einstein's "The world as I see it" (1934) or any other anti-nationalist litterature, for that matter. At least read Wikipedia's definition of anti-nationalism, if you can. One world, one big human race ! I can't believe that at a time we should be expanding and emcompassing more and more people into ONE big human-kind, we still allow being divided, over a bunch of dogmatic – not to mention imaginary – brainwashes, i.e. nationalism, race, etc.

      .... and yes, a whole bunch often throw me in the "latino bin", in my adoptive french speaking Canada – maybe I'm a "Hispanic-Canadian?" or a "Hispanic – Quebecer"? I tell them and tell my chidlren to tell them "Who cares these days?"

      Come on .... LOL

      May 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Francisco

    It annoys me that most successful Hispanic women only want to marry white people. And when this happens, they always hyphenate their name to something like this "Maria Gonzalez-Smith". Why? Because they want to be seem as Hispanic and not white. Hypocrisy?

    May 7, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Victoria

      I am Latina and sucessful and will marry whomever I fall in love with. Would it be awesome if they were from my same culture? Yes. Is it a requirement? No. Would I like to have my last name and my husbands together? Yes, because that is how my mother's name is, my both my grandmother's, and so on. You are stereotyping, maybe you need to think a little harder before commenting and use a little imagination to think of why people do what they do, not just the first idea that comes to your head.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Olga

        ??? That has nothing to do with being Hispanic. Ever heard of Hilary Rodham-Clinton? Has to do with marriage.

        May 10, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  36. Daniel

    No, for two reasons. First, not all Latinos are of Hispanic descent. Why is that so hard for people to grasp? That is like saying all Americans have to refer to themselves as English or German. Secondly, Latinos cannot unite under racial lines like Asians, Europeans or Africans because they are actual races. Whereas there are Latinos of every single race and ethnicity. Being Latino is not racial or ethnic, its geography. Just like being American. One day people in the US, especially self-described Latinos, will learn to accept that instead of trying to fit us into an impossible box.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Amused1944

      This ethnic separation based on pride of our ancestors separates Americans from each other. Keep your pride and traditions within your family–this is a wonderful thing–but don't shove them down the throats of the rest of the American population. Respect others' rights to act accordingly. This country is suffering from a lack of civility and respect.

      May 7, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel

        I completely agree. Everyone just wants to scream opinions instead of discussing facts in a calm and logical manner.

        May 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • chefdugan

      Hispanic, Latinos, there is little difference in the fact that they come here, speak a foriegn language to each other, screw up our culture and then want a hand-out. Corruption is in their blood – just take a look at Miami. We used to live there and now, if you don't speak Spanish you are an outside. Any wonder we would like to send them ALL back?

      May 7, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel

        The same was once said of Midwestern cities and the German language. Nothing about today is unique. Nothing that you or any of us is experiencing is unique. It has all been done by immigrants. One day another group will come and then the cycle will start again. Life and history are a never ending cycle.

        May 7, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • William

      Daniel, I'm not sure I agree. If "not all Latinos are of Spanish descent", then what common thread is left to 'bind' them together under the Hispanic umbrella? Certainly just speaking Spanish can't be enough reason to create a separate ethnic group.

      May 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel

        That's my very point William. Strangely there are some who state that living/being from Latin America and speaking Spanish makes one Hispanic regardless of ethnicity, which to me is insane. It is similar to how many continue to refer to Native Americans as Indians despite knowing they are not from India and continue referring to the Roma as Gypsies despite knowing they are not from Egypt. So odd.

        May 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • miscreantsall

        All the "names" are ridiculous!

        But for clarification:

        Hispanic: the hi means from…….hence from Spain or descendant of Spain

        Latin, Latino, Latina: is language based origin………hence anyone who's native language is Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian and a few other "smaller" language groups.

        The term African-American is probably the most ridiculous…………Continent based? SILLY! Same thing with Asian-American.

        BTW…………Gypsies were originally from India. I believe the French mistakenly thought they were from Egypt (the nickname Gypsy followed).

        May 8, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  37. JusDav

    I agree hamsta. While it may "unite" some, it will alienate everyone else.
    Why can we not all be "Americans". For crying out loud. Why do you think you are better than me just because your ancestors came from "Africa-Americans", Jewish-Americans, Asian-Americans, etc. etc.
    Even the so called "Native-Americans" are NOT. They are simply descendants of the FIRST immigrants.

    so, whatever color, where ever your grand parents came from, just be content with being an AMERICAN.


    May 7, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  38. hamsta

    you are either american or you are not.you cant be american and something else.there is no such thing as part american.

    May 7, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |