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March 20th, 2013
04:50 PM ET

More than Mexican: Study highlights diversity of Latinos

By Michael Martinez and Mariano Castillo, CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) - Jonathan Larios hears it all the time: Someone walks into his Honduran restaurant and they think it's a Mexican place.

"Oh, I hate that. That bothers me a lot," said Larios, 21, general manager of two Los Angeles-area restaurants called Honduras Kitchen. "They always ask, 'How's the Mexican food?' It gets frustrating over time.

"It's like the most race that people always see is black, Mexican and American. They don't see anything else," said Larios, whose mother is Honduran and father Salvadoran.

His first-hand experience shows that some Americans confuse all Hispanics as being Mexicans.  While it's true that Mexicans make up the largest segment of the Hispanic population in the United States,  a new Brown University study that shows Latinos are hardly a monolithic group.

The demographic has wide differences in nationalities that are becoming more salient, the study said.

"When studies are done of Hispanics, the results mostly reflect the experience of Mexicans, who are more than 60% of the total," the study says. "But observers would be mistaken if they thought they knew Hispanics in the U.S. by looking only at Mexicans."

The large percentage of U.S. Hispanics of Mexican descent, an overwhelming majority, inadvertently hides distinct trends among Hispanics with origins in other countries, according to the report released Wednesday.

The differences extend to cuisine, too, Larios added.

His parents own both restaurants, in Long Beach and Huntington Park, the latter being in business for 20 years, making it the oldest Honduran eatery in the state, he said.

"I tell them our food is very different," he said of customers who confuse Honduran food with Mexican dishes. "Most of our food doesn't have anything hot and spicy. Our food will never be spicy."

Hondurans are proud of their heritage and often emblazon the flag on their soccer jersey, whether they're playing in a neighborhood league or cheering for the national team, he said.

Many non-Mexican groups are growing at a faster rate, and doing better economically, the study found. In another telling figure, Hispanics other than Mexican are much less segregated than often assumed.

While the number of Hispanics who identify as Mexican has increased 137% between 1990 and 2010, those with other origins have grown at a much faster rate. During that 20-year span, it is estimated that the Honduran population in the U.S. increased by 383%, Guatemalans by 289% and Peruvians by 204%.

"Mexicans are not losing their weight, but some groups who were small and not on the radar now number in the millions," said John Logan, one of the report's authors. "South Americans are now everywhere, and if you add them up, they are a huge number."

The three largest groups of Hispanics - Mexicans, Puerto Ricans and Cubans - make up 62%, 9%, and 4%, respectively, according to Census data. Central Americans make up 8% of the Hispanic population, and South Americans 5%.

In 1990, only three Hispanic largest groups had more than a million residents in the United States. By 2010, Dominicans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans had joined that club.

One of the findings seemed to show that the national perception of the Hispanic population is closely tied in with the Mexican community. There is the persistent idea, for example, that Hispanics in the United States are insular and segregated from other non-Hispanic communities.

"The very stable trend of high segregation is one attributed to Hispanics, but it turns out it is mainly a characteristic of Mexicans," Logan said.

According to a measure known as the Index of Dissimilarity, every Hispanic group except Mexicans has become substantially less segregated since 1990.

Half of all South Americans used to be located in Los Angeles, New York and Miami, but by 2010, only 34% lived in these cities, the study says.

Other generalizations persist.

"There may be a general assumption that Hispanics are immigrants, which was never true for Puerto Ricans," Logan said. "There may be a generalized assumption about relatively low education and skill levels, which does not fit average Cubans and South Americans, and increasingly not Puerto Ricans."

The data indicates that below the surface, there is a great deal more change within the Hispanic population than commonly thought, Logan said.

These differences could be important to advertisers who target Hispanics, or politicians who seek their votes.

"I suspect that on the whole, their view of the Hispanic community is that of it as one community (the Mexican community) and that's probably not a strategy that will be really helpful," Logan said.

Logan conducted a similar study in 2000, and his most recent research was a continuation of that to see if the differences he spotted 13 years ago remained. The patterns and trends have become even clearer in the past decade, he said.

The report also took a look at certain social and economic characteristics of the different groups that showed various degrees of economic success. One measure examined were the median wages of each group.

While the median annual wage for Mexicans in the United States was $20,200, wages were much higher for Argentines and Venezuelans, both with median wages of $30,300.

This finding wasn't surprising, as social scientists have long noted that those with roots in Cuba and South America tend to have different economic backgrounds.

But one group that is sometimes assumed to be insular and employed in lower wage jobs, Puerto Ricans, are actually doing quite well, the study found. Puerto Ricans have increasingly integrated with the rest of the population and have a median wage of nearly $30,000.

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  1. Cliffintex

    Most likely you aren't indigineous – probably a mix of Spanish and French with a bit of indian mixed in. So...you should be proud of who and what you are, but don't invent a heritige you don't have. Further, in a later post you refer to yourself as a Dr. Right...if you want to outnumber the anglos – fine. You and your ilk are making babies left and right, but they will only serve you as serfs as they do in your home country. I feel sad for you. Your self shame is so evident.

    March 20, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      I'm very proud of my heritage. My great grandparents were Italian, German, and Spanish. I'm Latino because I was born in Latin America, so I'm "Latinamericano" which in the US has been shorten to Latino. Latino is not an ethnicity or race. It is just a place of origin. Latinos can be white, black, brown and Asian.

      March 21, 2013 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  2. Humberto

    Honduras is in Central America, not
    South America.

    March 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Danny-boy

    We're all human. Race is only skin-deep. What we make of it from there is on us and our ignorant/silly ways.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Major Tom

      Correction, we're all mammals. Are you being a specist? Are you trying to say we're somehow distinguished from or superior to horses, lions, chimps and giraffes? Get over yourself. We're ALL mammals.

      March 20, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bspurloc

    why do ignorant people call Hawaiians Ethiopian?
    I guess for the same reasons they cry BENGHAZI BENGHAZI while doing absolutely nothing about getting 50,000+ injured bush veterans quick and proper healthcare along with PTSD needs.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay in Florida

      Bush veterans? I thought the name of the guy in the ghetto house was Obama. But I think I get it... it's Bush's fault!!!!

      March 20, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • no me importa

        They think that if you keep repeating something over and over again it will eventually be true. Hence why you see the same idiots saying things like "TGOP" and "Rethuglicans", et al. The same people who act so tolerant but constantly talk amongst themselves about how most Americans are uneducated, ignorant, racists. The hypocrisy is mindblowing, criticizing everyone they disagree with by calling them racists/whatever while the whole time constantly proclaiming how they are superior in every way to their fellow countrymen. Irony much? I'm not a Republican (the use of "libtard" is equally dumb), for the record, proud Libertarian here.

        March 20, 2013 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Githm

    For a physician, you have not been paying close attention to your adversary. Now that they have the DNA molecule deciphered, they can genetically engineer a virulent strain of plague that is gene specific. So, with acceptable losses calculated, they can devastate specific populations that carry a specific gene. And that tech is alive and well. They will not be going away quietly into the night anytime soon. They've been planning for quite some time.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. del

    The name Hispanic comes from Hispania which was the name of the Iberian peninsula during the Roman times, so it includes Spain and Portugal, and that is why Brazil is in Latin America. I am Brazilian from NY and I consider myself Hispanic, and one of my last name is Sousa which is one of the most common names in Brasil, a name that in Spanish is Sosa. Also my toots are native amazonian indian, asian, black and white

    March 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky

      Hispanic, as used in the US, comes from "America Hispana" which is how the Spaniards called their colonies in the Americas.

      March 21, 2013 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. alfonse

    All this has to do with having too much pride.Stop worrying and go get an education.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. is this news?

    well said.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Roy

    If you're from mexico, then you're mexican, if you're from Honduras, you're Honduran. No one who come from a country in South East Asia will call themselves South East Asian. If you ask someone from Germany, they'll tell you they're German, not European.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      grats on reading the article and getting the point of it......
      Hi I like to just comment on random stuff that some articles topic told me about

      March 20, 2013 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheBob

      Actually, Orientals insist on calling themselves, and being called, "Asian". Not Chinese, or Korean, or Thai, or Vietnamese. And not Oriental. But Asian. They don't realize that Asia covers FAR more than the yellow race.

      March 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Random

    As a white guy I've experienced racism from mexicans here in south texas.

    Is it annoying? Yeah it is.
    Am I ever gonna stop it from happening? Probably not.

    I can deal with it. Doesn't really stop me from being successful.

    Oh yeah, and I'm not going to learn Spanish.
    This is America, we speak English.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      FYI we speak the Queens English.
      and we are done with the white mans forced religion

      March 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • del

      I find it so funny when people say "this is America, we speak English" when Latin America is also America and all people from across the Americas are Americans just like french, Germans or British are Europeans. In fact the name America came from the Italian Americgo Vepusi who just traveled around South America and Central America when he was working for the Spaniards

      March 20, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheley

      Actually in America we should be speaking the Native American language if you want to be technical about it. lol

      March 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bspurloc

    AND...
    All asians are Chinese unless of course they are Vietnamese....
    All dudes with Beards are Arab.
    These are the rules of the south. ignorance > fact

    March 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliffintex

      You should perhaps visit the south (Texas) and disabuse yourself of the silly notions you've somehow filled your pointed little head.

      March 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. is this news?

    If this article intends to get folks' hackles up, then it's doing a fine job. If someone actually wanted to do something profitable, why not give me information I can use? Crazy idea, I know, but why not just enlighten me as to the definition of a 'Hispanic'? I'll admit, I don't know how to properly define this group of people, but by reading the article, not only does the author not aid my in the ignorance I'm accused of, they don't demonstrate that they know any better themselves.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Boybottom

    Except your Chinese wife. 🙂

    March 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. RobertC

    Spain is a European country. The "Indians" are descended from ancient Siberians. Humans did not evolve in the Americas. We are ALL descended from immigrants. It really doesn't mean anything . Get over yourself.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • LATIN LOVER

      Wrong! NOBODY has proved that Humans immigrated to our lands. Our ancestors have been here for million of years!

      March 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike Sierra

    Who cares? We are all human beings. Period. "I'm not American, I'm Canadian!" "I'm not Thai, I'm Singaporean." None of this makes a difference. You're home country is nothing more than a point of interest. Once we can put an end to multiculturalism, put an end to either favoring or being prejudiced against any race or nationality, this world will be able to put a huge mountain of triviality aside and focus our efforts on actual issues that affect us all as a whole, not as a them or us.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Well said Mike! Love it!

      March 20, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Devon

    Most Hispanics I know call themselves Spanish even though they aren't of Spanish descent. Maybe Hispanics should know what they are before complaining that whites are misinformed.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abril

      I am hispanic and don't know of any hispanics that calls themselves spanish. Spaniards are spanish, period. When we are refered to as "spanish" it's usually from an anglo southerner.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry

        But you speak Spanish. Why didn't you people come up with your own language?

        March 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Carol

        Abril you're wise to ignore foolish reply by Larry.

        March 20, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ricky

        Why do we speak English in the US? I guess we were not smart enough to come up with our own language. LOL.

        March 21, 2013 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Boybottom

      Well if you notice not all Hispanics are of Native decent. Maybe you don't like it because you haven't seen anything by a mirror. But there are European Hispanics. Just look at the Vatican at the moment, and you'll see. No all them white boys are in Texas!

      March 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      Come again? Senseless

      March 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Zwei Stein

    There are differences between Mexicans and Hondurans and Venezuelans etc as there are between English and German and Hungarian and Russian.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Foodpimp

    Actually...American Indians are Asian Indians. They are not indigenous to the Americas. The Europeans merely came over to curtail the Indians version of Manifest Destiny. You can't own, what you can't hold. Besides...the original American Indians had no sense of land ownership...so how can you say the land was stolen from them?

    March 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • LATIN LOVER

      LOL! The "Bering Strait" is a THEORY that never graduated beyond being a THEORY = NO FACT! That theory is racist and has the message of denying the right to the land to our ancestors. NO ASIAN crossed the "Land Bridge" to populate our lands. That is just an invention created by racist Anthropologists who just called it a THEORY!

      March 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cheryl Butler-Adams

        WHAT ADUAN INDIANS?! Natives didn't exist?! Lmfao you need to spend some educational quality time on a reservation with no running water & subpar educational facilities & when you think someone dropped your ass off in a 3rd world company realize that YOU ARE IN AMERICA on a NON EXISTENT NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATION! What asinine stuff are they teaching & school & universities! ? Next you'll be teaching the holocaust didn't really happen!! Seek out knowledge for yourself PLEASE!!!

        March 20, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Githm

    It's thought provoking articles like this that bring people a little closer. Closer to what I'm not sure.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Zack

    Your example is invalid! It would be like calling you French just because I know more French people. Hispanic is equivalent to White as they are both very broad terms with a large variety of cultures and ethnicity with in them.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Ralph

    The best post I've seen this month.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Githm

      Astute observation. And this article is exceeding its pot stirring expectations. Can you feel the love tonight? Kinda makes you feel warm and fuzzy.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  22. mbane

    It's called conquering and you have been conquered – just accept it. it's been going on since man has walked the earth.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • azteca

      also the strongest empires have fallen. Keep that in mind too.

      March 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  23. mbane

    You mean European-Americans. That is because Europe is so small that people look more or less the same from country to country, especially those countries bordering the Mediterranean sea. If you don't hear them speak, it's hard to tell where they are from.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Hannigan

    Your kidding me I thought those countries on the Map South of America were just for decoration.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MP

    True hispanics are from Spain and Portugal, most of the south/north american "hispanics" are the result of hispanics breeding with the natives, or the natives themselves learning the culture and language of the "hispanics". Hows that for FACTS.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • MP

      meant that as a reply to someone else.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Pedro the Pedant

    I get so infuriated when people mistake me for a Paraguayan American when clearly I am a Uruguayan American!

    March 20, 2013 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • RobertC

      Paraguay and Uruguay are extremely different countries. If you were really from either, you would know that.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • John

        Sure you'd expect the people from there to know that, but would you expect all people to know that?

        March 21, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luisa

      LOL! I have a feeling you were being facetious, at least I hope so because I found your comment really funny.

      March 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cliffintex

      LOL – that's good!

      March 20, 2013 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. so what

    so what if i see a hispanic and think he's Mexican (i don't but what ever)?? hispanics (and many blacks for that matter) see my white skin and immediately think i'm a racist republican.....good thing my white skin is thick enough to where i could care less....and there will be NO stories about my plight

    March 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  28. shawn L

    Stupid. If you walk into a restaurant and it's name is "Das wiener hut" and you say, "Hey hows the german food here?" And the staff gets mad because its not German, it's a Czech restaurant! Just another thing that people make up reasons to get disgruntled over.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  29. dg

    How about all these illegals go home. My family came here legally and worked for what we have now these people are here because our government is worthless.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hannigan

      Dg you know that's not going to happen right.so instead of complaining about something neither you or I can control. An start working jobs that these illegals are willing to do. It's the only way it's going to work. I bet you when people lost jobs in 2008 not one illegal got fired. Because though they work very hard for not very much. Those jobs technically don't exist.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alfonse

      If everyone was to leave this country and go back to where your parents came from, there would be only American Natives (Indians). left behind. They were here before your forefathers touched this land.Based on that, stop crying like a baby.Better still, if you don't like it, go back to your own country.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • garbear

      The article made no mention of the legality of the subjects presence. I presume the hours you have spent listening to FOX "news" led your small, biased mind to the assumption that if the person is hispanic, he/she must be here illegally. Using the same reasoning, you must be a white, fat republican.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dave

        garbear, some people just assume that everyone of a certain race is a law-breaker. But they're not racist. Not at all.

        March 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  30. mbane

    Excuse me? Do not call Portuguese people Hispanics. They are not Hispanics and they do not speak Spanish – they speak Portuguese. Spanish people from Spain are also not Hispanics. They are white like everyone else in Europe. If I showed you a Portuguese, Italian, Spanish , French and Greek person side by side, I bet you couldn't tell the difference. Do not insult Europeans by calling them Hispanic.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Esteban

      If you call someone spanish they are form spain. Hispanics can be mostly anywhere. And i dont think of Brazilians or Portuguese as hispanic .

      March 20, 2013 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • mbane

      Sorry, but Europe is superior and a lot more civilized. It is economically superior, has much higher levels of education and literacy and a lot less crime. It's not racist – it's a fact!

      March 20, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • PPhills

      Outch – he got you there. Culturally and economically, Europe is superior to any South American nation.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  31. carlos

    A cheetah walks into a leopard's restaurant and asks, "What kind of lion food do you serve? " All cheetah's are ignorant. How can this cheetah think that the leopard's is a lion! Sheez . . Wait, cheetah, leopard's, and lion: who cares? They are all endangered species and they are all illegal(to own)!

    March 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Anarchist

    And by the way, Texas better be ready for a Governor soon named Ricardo Perez. LOL!

    March 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Desrae

    Just to add a small correction, Hispanic also refers to those from Puerto Rico and Cuba because of the Spanish colonization of these societies. The Islands were primarily tribal and dark skinned. My family alone has a mixture of skin colors from very white to dark skinned. This is due to the Taino roots and the Spanish roots.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jim

    I'll bet the vast majority of the Americans that lump Hispanics as Mexicans are Republican....they are the party of ignorance.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • massoud

      This is coming from a Libertarian, being a Democrat Jim is nothing to be proud of.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  35. vgs1895

    Gracias for this article! I'm Hispanic, and people are always shocked to hear that. I'm tall and fair with dark hair and dark eyes. I look like I'm from Spain (I did live there, and my father's family is from there). People are amazed to hear me speak Spanish. "Wow–you don't look Mexican!" Well, I'm NOT! My ex-husband was and I love many Mexicans including my kids–but I'm Hispanic! Guess what–all Hispanics are not alike. 🙂

    March 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • chappe

      My experience with Spaniards is that they take huge offense to being called Hispanic.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  36. mbane

    Sorry, but Hispanic is not a race. That's like Iranians calling themselves Persians and claiming they are a race, which I've been told several times by very serious Iranians..yeah...and I'm a Visigoth.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  37. jon

    I have worked with mexican's and one brought up a good point. If there is a way with Mexico you will not win. We are already here. Who do you think we will side with, the country we grew up in, where our families live......or the one that takes advantage of us?

    March 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jon

      meant to say war...not way

      March 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • TIm

        Well, truth be told, they were already here once before. I could be forgetting my history but I don't think they every left, even if the national boundaries did.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • MP

        If america takes advantage of you why the F are you there? Proof right there that they don't want to be americans, they just want to leech.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Githm

        No way!

        March 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • fiberbundle

      The US takes advantage of you? Mexicans come here illegally for work and taxpayer funds for things like school and medical care. Who the heck is taking advantage of who? Maybe Mexicans should not illegally enter a country they are not citizens of. Maybe they should remain in Mexico and ask the Mexican government why it isn't doing a good job for Mexican citizens.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • luis

      uh please tell your friend, there was a war with Mexico and we beat the literal crap out of Mexico, marched down their throat in DF, bombarded their coastal cities and made their citizens in Texas through California, American citizens. Most of Mexico wishes we had conquered the rest of the country

      March 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jim

    Awaiting moderation for that? Yeah, CNN hates freedom of speech unless you tow their party line. Utterly pathetic censorship...

    March 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Southern Pride Carolinas

    I'll take this female that they have on the page on a date. She is beautiful

    March 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Patria

    20 countries in Latin America and the only pictures they have are of 3 Cubans, 1 Puerto Rican and a Dominican? This article was awful. You can tell by the idiot that uses "American" as an ethnicity. CNN if you're going try and understand us Latinos try putting some effort into your work. Garbage!

    March 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. manuel l. iravedra

    Boy, are they wrong! They got it all twisted around: All _Mexicans_ are American! XD

    March 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Esperanza

      Anglos have the market on American, sorry. No one not born in the 50 states can be American EXCEPT people from the states, and if you are anything except Anglo, you get an alternate (hyphenated) version of it.

      Makes no sense, with the name of the mass of land, I know, but trust me, that's the rule.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • LATIN LOVER

        You might live in JUPITER. LATINOS will takeover the USA while Anglos will fade away...it is a demographic FACT that nobody can stop. I'm not Anglo but I live better than so many of them because I'm a Physician. Sorry...

        March 20, 2013 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  42. TravelSheryl

    As a child, I thought all non-Jews were Catholic.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  43. dmwinsd

    Not sure what you are smoking, al, but I don't want any. I thought the piece was interesting and I learned something from it. Apparently you cherry-picked the sentences that fit your prejudices and that was enough for you. Let me guess – you listen to Rush.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Phattee

    Reading through these comments, it becomes painfully obvious that Reince's $10 million "outreach" effort is going to be a complete failure. The hate and anger that define the GOP base will ultimately sabotage whatever gains the establishment makes.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Air2air

      I think you're cutting and pasting into the wrong blog.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foodpimp

      I think the boy is smokin a little too much of his own name

      March 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phattee

        Nice! Everyone on these boards assumes my name refers to the girth of my waist, not of my blunts.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  45. mbane

    Look at the names of the people who wrote this piece of racist bigotry. They obviously have a complex of inferiority.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Nation

    Why don't everyone just get along! We all have the same color blood! Case closed!!

    March 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Tomato or Tomato

    Hsipanic, Bambino, Mexican all the same...
    '
    Sounds like a Mexican Stand Off To Me!

    March 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Shawn Irwin

    Perhaps we should simplify it all . . . . and consider each other "World Citizens" . . . . but unfortunately, the American mindset is far to narrow for that . . .

    March 20, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Examine other countries approaches, e.g. Even in Europe there are guard towers where they shoot you if you try to cross, come back a little more educated and then post please. What a buffoon!

      March 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • BobPitt

        most of Europe doesn't have border control.. you can cross from England to France and on to Germany or Holland.. no borders.. get some better information..

        March 20, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phattee

      You know who called himself a "citizen of the world"? Ronald Reagan.

      Reagan, therefore, must have been an ignorant and bigoted hippe.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Githm

      Uh...dude...if, like, ok...ok...like if you call them, like, WORLD citizens then, ok, like, they might be offended...because they miss their home...or casa...so, like, uh...dude...uh...uh...I forgot what I was gonna say but it was important man. Ok...give me a minute.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • xirume

      All that conservative hot AIR is coming out of your bottom. That's the only functioning appendage you people have.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foodpimp

      Shawn...you've been punched in the throat before...haven't you. Be honest....we all know you have.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    I knew an English guy who used to have fun with U.S. tourists by politely pretending that he had never heard of their country and that he didn't know where it was. He would ask them innocently if it was near Argentina or Bolivia, and of course, many of the Americans honestly didn't know or said "yes."

    March 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • CC

      lol. Many Anglo -Americans will regard to the language that people from Mexico, Central America and South America speak as "Mexican" as in the Mexican language, and not Spanish. Is this on purpose? I have to believe so, people can't be that ignorant or stupid.

      March 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  50. xirume

    It's COLOMBIA not Columbia. You are proof positive of the shameful ignorance that grips the natives of this poor excuse for a nation

    March 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Air2air

      Here's a plane ticket xirume

      March 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Randy

    I don't care about where they're from, nor do I expect them to be sensitive to my racial/ethnic make-up. I just want them to be legal and speak English.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Githm

    Yeah. Absolutely. So what happened was...uh...ok first there was...uh...wait...I don't get it.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  53. mbane

    Hispanic is not an Ethnicity either. It's a name someone came up with to refer to people from South America who speaks Spanish. Question is, what do you call someone from Brazil?

    March 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foodpimp

      Waxed?

      March 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • bspurloc

      and for some Reason... when an Egyptian moves here we dont call them African Americans.... yet that is exactly what they are.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry

      Mexican?

      March 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diego

      Well, you definitely cannot call them Hispanics, because they come mainly from the Portuguese empire. They are Latin Americans, but, again, there are a lot of white people in Brazil, like Xuxa, Ayrton Senna, Gisele Bundchen,football players like Socrates, Leonardo , Falcao , etc... etc. So the origin, doesnt have anything to do with your race.

      March 21, 2013 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  54. Anarchist

    > a made up social construct

    IIs there a point to that observation? Very little is NOT a made up social construct. Government is a social construct. Democracy is a social construct. Know what is "natrual"....? Not a "social construct"? Anarchy! I'm all for "natural" living!

    March 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Rob

    Awesome. Exactly what I think. I don't care where they are from. Come to America, be American.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Someone

    People also assume everyone from the Middle East is an Arab.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Yeah! They're Mexicans of the Persian Gulf, just like Puerto Ricans are the Mexicans of the Sea 🙂

      March 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Yay, More PC!

    Ok. fine, I get it. They are 'Hispanic' and not 'Mexican'. However, I demand to be referred to as 'Scandinavian' and NOT 'WHITE'.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foodpimp

      Yeah...I hear ya. I'm always the white guy...Never the Scottish American.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ES71

      Lol, and I demand that everyone is able to discuss the specifics of russian poetry with me. If they can't name at least 5 great russian poets on the spot I'll assume they don't respect my culture.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mbane

      So what do we call Spanish speaking people from Spain? Or what do we call white people from Brazil? Or even better, what do we call white people from Chile?

      March 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      ...And I that all Latinos would recognize that I'm a Korean, not "chino", and yes I can gangnam style

      March 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bob

        could someone place the word "wish" in the above repry?

        March 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • xirume

      @ MP: No, I'm black, like you soul.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Githm

    Yeah. Now...what was the article about?

    March 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Al

    I once heard a Souix Native American, who was asked what he thought of illegal aliens, reply, "I think you all should go home including the European settlers since Colombus'.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anarchist

      Yes, and those folks came to the country for the same reason the "illegals" do...they didn't like where they were living and wanted a better life. Then, there was the emigration to Mexico and and subsequent unwillingness to follow Mexican llaw, which produced Texas. No surprise, since they didn't want to follow English law either and broke away. At least Mexico learned from Texas: law now is that no non-Mexican can own land within 50 miles of the border, including the ocean. So if you buy a time share in Cancun,for example, it has to be sold after 50 years.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Name*penguin

    Our forefathers didn't wait in line long. They came over here by the boatload (literally), landed in NYC, and were immediately processed in. There is no reason to have a line that takes years to go through. If they work and don't have a criminal record, the should be welcomed here and given legal status with a path to citizenship

    March 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Seriously?

    I thought the exact same thing. Did you read my mind?

    March 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Leo

    This news article, though interesting, doesn't help much to diminish confusion. In fact it fuels up controversy as it referes to South Americans and Hispanics as they were the same. Brazil, the largest, richest and more populated country of South American has nothing to do with Spain or Hispanics. Our history is bind to Portugal and we are a portuguese speaking country.As far as hispanics are concerned, is also very dificult to us to distinguish between diferent cultures. Is also usual to less educated brazilians to presume that they all come from Argentina or Paraguay.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lourdes

      Leo congrat's for your explanation. From Mexico to Tierra de fuego, we are classified as Hispanic, but what happen with countries like your country, where t he language is no t Spanish , some Caribbean islands and guyanas, the classification is racist and wrong, I was born in Cuba, but because I am blonde with light eyes, the people approach me always in English, it is funny. Even in Europe they get confuse about my nationality. I do not like to be call Hispanic, that is segregation for me, I know people born in Latin America with better feelings and education that. Some really white and blond hair. Education is really the most important part on all this.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Valdez Utah

      You can argue that culturally and ethnically, the difference between Spain and Portugal is minor at best, insofar as any exists. In fact, Portugal has the look and feel of any of those mainland Spain ‘countries’, like Galicia or Barcelona. Unlike Galicia or Barcelona, it achieved its independence. In Roman times, Portugal, was part of ‘Hispania.’ The fact that Brazil is a Portuguese spin-off does not explain it being different from say Argentina or Cuba.
      This different has to do more with its own history, its development, the different ethnic groups that have made it their home, etc. (often some differences between the many latin american countries.) All these factors combined produce something unique: a nationality i.e. a paraguayan or brazilian or Chilean, you name it. Your Portuguese language and heritage, both romance like the spanish, is just just one and perhaps not the dominant factor. Obrigado.

      March 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leo

        Johnny, I understand the ancient cultural and historical link, but during almost the entire collonial period the two countries were rivals, occasionaly even enemies. Brazillian history and culture reflects that, and because of that historical development we nowadays feel strongly different from our neigboring countries. Being called hispanic doesn't make any sense at present times, even though I do not consider it to be ofensive or anything like that.

        March 21, 2013 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  63. Jackie Treehorn

    I was helping a college professor grade quizzes for an Ancient History class back in the mid-90s. One section of the quiz contained a black-and-white outline map of the world, and students were supposed to write the names of eight major ancient civilizations in the appropriate part of the map. I will never forget what I saw that day, and what it means about the level of education in this country.

    First, shockingly few people were clear on the difference between the Old World and the New, so Greece was almost as likely to show up in America as in Europe.

    Second, they seemed unaware that the top and bottom parts of the map represent very cold areas, and the middle very hot areas, so it was fairly common to see Egypt placed in areas like Greenland.

    But my favorite was when students didn't know which part of the maps were water and which were land, and placed ALL the ancient civilizations in oceans.

    And let me mention this again....these were college students.

    Doomed...we are all doomed.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ES71

      I went to school in Russia, we had 4 years of geography, and 5 years of world's history.
      Don't worry, the world will survive somehow.
      Seeing how the US is the richest country in the world may be it is not important to know where the Ancient Greece was (hint: the same place Greece is today , lol). More important is to have a skill which can earn you a living.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foodpimp

      I'd say it reflects more upon the quality of education being provided by that Professor than the intelligence levels of the students. Afterall, he is the common factor for all of them.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zwei Stein

      My god! What sort of college was that? I'll assume the entry requirements weren't very stringent.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anarchist

      "...we are all doomed."

      What do you mean "we" Kimo Sabe? Only America is doomed....and then justice will prevail.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ES71

      > My god! What sort of college was that? I'll assume the entry requirements weren't very stringent.

      American college tests consist only of math and english.

      March 20, 2013 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  64. mary

    Well not quite all illegals. Puerto Rico has been an American Territory for a very long time , they are Americans

    March 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  65. norman

    in the same way we recognizes the accent of an American or a Jamaican or a english person, we Latinos also recognize the accent of each Latin American country.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noneya

      I bet you cant tell an argentine from a uruguayan (if the argentine is from buenos aires)

      March 21, 2013 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  66. Al

    Oh Kevin, permit me to explain that some Hispanics are white European (from Spain), Others were indigenous to the Americas (like some Mexicans), some are former black slaves (like some Dominicans ans some Puerto Ricans), and some interbred between the races in the Americas. Others reserved their white race and never would think to marry out of their race (my family was that way white European Spaniards). Does Republican Marco Rubio, (a Cuban–American) look like a Mexican? I am a white 3rd generation European American-Spaniard who speaks perfect Spanish. When I lived in NYC, people wondered if i was Puerto Rican, when I went to college in Florida many thought i was cuban, when I moved west and spoke spanish Mexicans would ask me where I was from cause I do not look Mexican. Skin color has nothing to do with nationality or doing evil vs going good. I am an American and proud of my heritage

    March 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  67. pre-med

    I am so proud to be Honduran. I hate being confused with Mexican. Kudos to these restaurant owners 🙂

    March 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zwei Stein

      A lot of people here (AZ) that I know DO care.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  68. abbydelabbey

    Hispanic covers a wide range of peoples. A wonderfully diverse group.

    March 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Yuck

    Before going out in public you better respect yourself first,than others or else.....lol.....

    March 20, 2013 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  70. ramoss100

    OK so let me set the record straight....Puerto Ricans are americans by BIRTH....and there are many hispanics that are here LEGALLY !!!

    March 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • nyciok

      "and there are many hispanics that are here LEGALLY !!!"

      And 10 times that number here illegally. What's your point ramos?

      March 21, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Steph

    I have a son and daughter that we adopted from Colombia. My daughter is especially bothered when people call her Mexican. She corrects them and I am glad she does. All the cultures from different countries are different, and they want to be recognized for that, as they should be. The food, customs, etc are all different. To use a food example, it is like someone here making Kansas City BBQ and calling it Memphis BBQ. That person from KC might be a little upset about that, and state the difference. For those of us that are "white", we recognize the difference between German, French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, etc. We don't call those "European." Why not recognize the differences in the other regions of the world? When "white" people meet someone else who is white but has an accent or doesn't speak English, they ask the person "Where are you from?" If a white person meets someone Hispanic, they immediately assume that person is from Mexico and doesn't even ask the question.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franco

      "Hispanic" means someone with ancestry from Spain, i.e. they are WHITE. They are NOT "Hispanic" just because they speak spanish. The U.S. Census calls it "non-white Hispanic" but that's not right. Latin Americans are Latino and Latina's. Maybe Central Americans are Cento and Centa's.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • zatoony

      American isnt a race. Its a description of United States citizens of all races. I hate it when people deny their American heritage and root for their ethnicity instead of their own country. We should unite as Americans rather than let the nationalities or races of our forefathers divide us.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Jc

    They are not even hispanics they actually amerindians or mixed, true hispanics are from spain a european country.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Yuck

    Most Americans who don't travel will not notice the difference because theyre afraid of diversity and are straight out racist....racist +hate=FEAR

    March 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      You know, most Hondourans probably think Canadians are Americans, or Vietnamese are Cambodian. It's pretty tough to realize difference when you're too poor to travel the world. But I guess you don't care about that, do you?

      March 20, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Foodpimp

      so by your logic....if I'm afraid, it's because i'm racist and hateful.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        Foodpimp, MS13 isn't a dangerous group, you're just misinformed. Poor American 🙂

        March 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Foodpimp

        Considering I don't know what ms13 is, I couldn't demonstrate fear of them. And no...I'm not gonna use wiki....cuz I really don't care.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Tony

    The xenophonbia in these comments is rampant .... and scary.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • abbydelabbey

      yes, it is - and shameful

      March 20, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Githm

        Where is Xenophobia? And what do we call people from there? This is getting complicated!

        March 20, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al Russell

      It's OK Tony. Let them have their last gasp at feeling superior. At the current rate Hispanics of all types will out number white folks in America very, very soon. I didn't make that up. It's a well known fact based on Census data. In just a few generations Spanish is likely to be the predominant language in the US. So, enjoy that self-righteousness people. You'll be in the minority soon enough and you'll finally understand how the other side feels.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • yo yo

        True, soon Hispanic gardeners, dishwashers, maids, day laborers, fruit pickers, and illegal aliens will outnumber everyone else. You are so true.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • really.....

        Yeah you must be right. It seems every Mexican in front of me at the grocery store has four or five screaming kids. Oh and they're using their government paid for food stamps. Is it self-righteous or just the plain truth?

        March 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Guesswho

    News flash all Hondurans look like mexicans and all blacks resemble africans too.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  76. istenno

    strange, all the latino folks i know are here legally, and most are citizens.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • chappe

      Ha! Come to work on a construction site or produce field in Florida, you see differently. But, hey fine, all those many Americans on unemployment don't wsnt to do that work. Problem is thatall those illegals don't pay taxes but take full advantage of federal and state programs including education for their many children that Medicaid paid to deliver and care for. Not excusing those on unemployment. I'm tired of paying for them too.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cheryl Butler-Adams

        Not sure what state you live in but here in California WE the employee pay into our own unemployment!

        March 20, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  77. john cooper

    Are you assuming that most of them are immigrants at all, whether legal or illegal? Guess what: there are TONS of Hispanic-Americans. (Hispanic-American means they ARE American nonetheless, in case you couldn't figure that out. And no, you can't spot an illegal immigrant by looking at him. You CAN be born here if you are of Mexican, Honduran, Haitian, Cambodian, Russian, Chinese, or Middle Eastern descent, just so you know. Hospitals in the US do deliver babies who aren't simply "white" or "black.")

    March 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  78. timelord7202

    Exactly.

    If you went to another country illegally, they are not going to keep you... or even exploit you as a source of cheap labor illegally by corporations.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  79. timelord7202

    No, they're just kissing up to the ghost of Cortes...

    March 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  80. mike

    And why is this a story ?

    March 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  81. john cooper

    Way to erase any doubt that you are willfully racist, Southern Pride Carolinas. And to all the other haters, of course Hispanics can tell who is what – Spanish speakers from various regions have different accents, at the very least. Aren't people from Georgia and The Bronx slightly irritated too when people confuse them with each other or with Scottish or French-Canadian folks? They would if that actually happened, though it doesn't because only ignorant, racist, white Americans are idiotic enough to make such blatant mistakes, then defend those mistakes with great pride for their ignorance.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southern Pride Carolinas

      Well, if you don't like it, stay above the Sweet Tea Line.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  82. knuckle dragger

    Wouldn't he be a Honduran? Where is the Country of Hispan located? Never can find that one on the map!

    March 20, 2013 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      I think it's next to Orientalia, south of Whiteopolis and east of Brownistan.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      >> knuckle dragger

      Wouldn't he be a Honduran? Where is the Country of Hispan located? Never can find that one on the map!>>>>

      Try Hispanola .... it was the old geographical reference for the Caribbean island that is now Dominican Republic and Haiti. Hope that helps.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • abbydelabbey

        wasting your time - some people do not care to educate themselves.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoyceFinnigan

      Actually there is a country known as Hispanola

      March 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Paul

        Actually, there is an island known as Hispaniola. I'll be flying there next weekend. There are 2 countries on the island, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  83. llcoollj

    What used to make America great is that we were all Americans. Not Asians, Mexicans, Germans, Greeks, Italians, etc. But now we have given Hispanics their own special designation. Even the guy in the article referred to whites as Americans, but not himself. He said he's Hispanic. Here's the deal folks: You are either an American with a Hispanic heritage or you're a Hispanic living in America. HUGE difference. We are no longer one people. And articles like this show why.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • ???

      Actually, what made America great was the mass genocide of the Native Americans, taking of their land and natural resources for a pittance and the blatant disregard for their inherent inalienable treaty rights... The enslavement of an entire race of people from Africa... who were tortured, beaten and killed by the millions while they built the economic and agricultural infrastructure of our nation entirely uncompensated... As well as the .77 that each woman is paid for the care, education and cleaning of the entire human population of the United States... BUT yeah, imagine we were all one people to begin with if it makes you able to sleep at night. 🙂

      March 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phattee

        Those are some pretty solid facts. Unfortunately, TGOPers are immune to facts.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al Russell

      Hey, Genius... Are you seriously unaware that America has always been built of Italians, Mexicans, Asians, Greeks, Germans, Irish, Scottish, etc... etc... ? Ever heard of Ellis Island? Any idea who build the first railways? For the love of all that's holy, read a book! And I used to your music so much. 😦

      March 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • KorbenDallasPR

      I didn't know The United States was the only country in America to be called solely America? All people who live in the Americas are Americans, not only the people living in the US so get that straight. Also, the US is made up of immigrants, not pure Americans. U.S. has one of the worst history of any country beginning with slavery and segregation, and the killing of the natives which are still fighting for their rights to their land up to this day. I just laugh at how the US government tries to pride themselves of the excellence of their country when it has an horrendous background history to back it up. And to clear things up, Democrats were the ones in favor of slavery and Republicans (Abe Lincoln) were against it so get you facts straight.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  84. TheBob

    Yeah, like there's a difference.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Phattee

    Yes, many Americans do think that all Hispanics are Mexican. Additionally, many TGOPers think that all Hispanics are illegals.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Land

      I sure do. You are correct about that.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Al Russell

        Tool

        March 20, 2013 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Dave

    And I'm not a 'RACIST', I'm a LAW ABIDING AMERICAN who believes that entering this country illegally is illegal and should be handled as such regardless of what nationality you are.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      If you break the law. Expect the consequences.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Desrae

      As a legal American Citizen, I find your assumption that all Hispanics are Illegal as highly ignorant, malformed, and demonstrates the lowest form of an enlightened society. Your comment is not so far from the other common argument that we are stealing jobs. Well, for the record, given your low level of reasoning and critical thinking, I certainly wouldn't care for your job, nor do I think you could ever aspire to get mine. Thank you for proving ignorance still exists in our society. And for everyone else that has demonstrated blatant racism and ignorance, not only do many of these countries speak different languages and dialetcs, but the food, culture, and customs vary. It would be as if someone were to say all Americans are Ignorant Rednecks. And despite the commenters attempts to prove that, we all know America is a diverse society filled with a mixture of races and ethnicities.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Ramiro

    No one sees the irony that the PC term for all white people is "Anglo" even when the majority of white people are not of anglo origin?

    March 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  88. john

    but it is ok to call everyone from Europe white?

    March 20, 2013 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • istenno

      i think your comprehension is lacking, here. the issue is not calling hispanics hispanic or latino. it's calling them mexicans. mexico is a country, not an ethnic type. it's the same as calling all white people german.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phattee

        TGOPers understand logic like an orangutan understands calculus.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  89. octavio

    europeans wait in line? Hold on let me ask a native

    March 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Mack

    I always hear Canadians complaining that when they go to Europe, South America, or Asia, people always assume they are from the United States.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carol

      That's tough...

      March 21, 2013 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  91. Joe23

    That's interesting. I hope the white folks wouldn't mind when they are being white. How many different kinds of whites are there anyway???

    March 20, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael McCollum

      There are no "white people" except those who love to be ignorant.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • istenno

        so what do you call the fair skinned people?

        March 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  92. wade

    When many news networks and cable news companies called the new pope the first Latin American Pope you can understand why people are ignorant. People who are supposed to be educated do not know that Argentina is part of South America and not Latin America or Central America as we call it. Bow I guess all the Germans, polish and Irish as well as the blacks that live in South America all came from Latin counties like Spain, Italy or Portugal and the natives who were there before anyone else arrived just happen to be Latin I guess.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Audrey

      Uh...Argentina IS a Latin American country. It is also in South America. One doesn't preclude the other. "Latin American" refers to countries in the Americas in which Spanish or Portuguese is the dominant language...it's a cultural designation. "South America" refers to the portion of the Americas that lies south of Panama. It's a geographical designation. Argentina is a Latin American country that is situated in South America.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Cellcept

        Exactly! I distinctively remember hearing on my news that it was the first Pope from the Americas. Maybe that depends on which news affiliate I do not know.

        March 20, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Sorry, but your are factually incorrect. South American countries that were colonies of Spain and Portugal are all considered Latin America. That includes Argentina and their South American neighbors. There was also Northern European, Eastern European and Asian immigration to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and elsewhere in the region.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • PPhills

        So what to you call a Brazilian? He's not Hispanic, is he?

        March 20, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricki

      Central America is defined as the countries between Mexico and South America, whilst Latin America refers to all countries south of the United States, including the whole of South America. Therefore, the pope is, indeed, the first Latin American pope. Check your facts first.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Abi

    WE DO NOT THINK YOU'RE ALL MEXICAN. Jesus Christ. I am sick of hearing this.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael McCollum

      Who is "we?"....do you now take the mantle for all those who continue to demonstrate their ignorance? Very telling. Sorry, mate, but you're not the spokesperson for everyone. I run into it all the time. So you can bark and gnash your teeth all you want, but others continue to do it, so open your eyes.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • "Forerunner" to you....human...

        The "Mantle" of responsibility for all things in the galaxy belongs to forerunners alone.....but ya....seriously though...I agree with your point.

        March 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      Actually been Cuban I was once racially discriminated by an Asian person I wont say from what country and she just assumed that I was Mexican. She started by "You Mexicans ??????????????.

      March 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  94. macxprt

    Not all Americans think this, just the stupid ones.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael McCollum

      and did the article say All Americans do this? No. Nice way to avoid the truth in front of you. You ran first to defend instead of engage. Not surprising for an American.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sylvia

        McCollum, play nice. One day it will be yolur turn.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  95. jim

    Not surprisingly, the article contains no mention that 12 million Hispanics in America are here illegally.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Jocho Johnson

    Ricardo Montalban was Mexican but never liked being Mexican

    March 20, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Joe

    Wow, that must be hard. It must be like when someone walks into a Swedish store only to find out it's actually Finnish, or a Chinese Restaurant that's actually Vietnamese. Grow up, Latin America, you're not the only ones lumped together, you know.

    March 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jocho Johnson

      Great point

      March 20, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      It's called the real world, live there sometime. Pull up your Pampers and realize that 90% of the world doesn't know anything about the world outside of their nation. I don't have time to learn what's different about Myanmar and Thailand, what's different about Hui and Han Chinese, or what's so different about Tennessee over Kentucky. It's called a human condition, this lumping together we do, it's not hurtful unless you've got thin skin.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • istenno

      ahh, if only i could have been born on another planet.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • David

      Actually, I doubt anyone in Europe or Latin America walks into a Finnish restaurant thinking it was Swedish. The level of ignorance about other countries by Americans, is unsurpassed by any other nationality. Other nationalities are more modest and don't think they are the navel of the world. They know the difference between a Swedish and a Finnish flag.

      March 20, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        I can spot the difference between a Cambodian and a Vietnamese flag, but can you tell the difference between the people? How about Iraqis and Kuwaitis? How about Hopi and Navajo? "They" is anyone not "we", so it's always harder to tell apart.

        March 20, 2013 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Yeah its

    And many many more are a majority Indigenous to the area, aka "Indio" – but the ridiculous layers of classism, racism, and light-skin worship that happens in Central America/Caribbean/South America is enough to make my stomach roil

    March 20, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Jocho Johnson

    He's in LA, people in California aren't stupid, I think he's just being trolled

    March 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Mike Land

    What ever, hispanic, Latino, Mexican. We call Asians, 'Asians'. Minorities (sorry the majority) calls white people 'white'. What's the point of this article?

    March 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
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