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What do they consider Spanish people in the United States? White or Latin?

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Re: What do they consider Spanish people in the United States? White or Latin?

If from Spain, usually white. If from Latin America, always Hispanic/Latino. It doesn't really make sense, no other part of the world uses the made up label "Hispanic." Latin Americans can have very detailed notions of Espanoles/Mestizos/Indios/Mullatos/Negroes etc. etc. but in the US, they're all grouped as non-white Latinos.
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Re: What do they consider Spanish people in the United States? White or Latin?

The term Hispanic has now officially been non-racialized in the US Census, I believe, which is a step in the right direction, because "non-white Hispanic" made no sense whatsoever and just made demographic data all the more confusing.

But to answer the original question, if you look white, Americans will think of you as white. Most Americans think purely in color terms so if you are a light-skinned Cuban, Mexican, Colombian, Argentinian, etc. people will assume you are another white person and ignore your cultural and linguistic background becaue "Latino" to most white Americans means "brown skin"
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Most of people born in Spain are white.
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Re: What do they consider Spanish people in the United States? White or Latin?

In Spain (own place), white for sure but in the US, Latin.
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Re: What do they consider Spanish people in the United States? White or Latin?

LOL that´s a funny question because we are at the same time European, Mediterranean and Latin, as Italian or French

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In Spain (own place), white for sure but in the US, Latin.
Not so. In the USA people from Spain are called Spanish and considered white. People from the Spanish-speaking Americas ("Latin America") are called Hispanic and considered "Latin" which is short for Latin American.

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Bearing in mind that half of the population can't locate Spain in a map... Just kidding As they said above, it depends on the skin color
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Bearing in mind that half of the population can't locate Spain in a map... Just kidding As they said above, it depends on the skin color
Half the population can't locate the US on a map. Forget about Spain. We aren't that bright

If you asked people what race Charlie Sheen was, they'd probably say white. If you asked about Emilio Estevez, they'd say Latino.
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Half the population can't locate the US on a map. Forget about Spain. We aren't that bright

If you asked people what race Charlie Sheen was, they'd probably say white. If you asked about Emilio Estevez, they'd say Latino.
And it's sad because he's like 3/4 Irish and 1/4 Spanish

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The belief that man is an irresolute creature pulled this way and that by two forces of equal strength, alternately winning and losing the battle for his soul; the conviction that human life is nothing more than an uncertain struggle between heaven and hell; the faith in two opposed entities, Satan and Christ - all this was bound to engender those internal discords in which the mind, excited by the incessant fighting, stimulated as it were by the constant promises and threats, ends up by giving in and prostitutes itself to whichever of the two combatants has been more obstinate in its pursuit. Life isn't black and white, it's gold.
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Re: What do they consider Spanish people in the United States? White or Latin?

Generally, people from Spain are considered Spanish.
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Re: What do they consider Spanish people in the United States? White or Latin?

As far as I know, they (Americans) would refer people (immigrants ) from Mexico, Cuba and mostly from the South America as Hispanics/ Latinos since the majority of them are brown. It's generally based on one's skin color. You can have light-skin people from those same countries, but u might mistake them as whites, so they won't refer them as Hispanics/ Latinos. Well, that's my knowledge
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Re: What do they consider Spanish people in the United States? White or Latin?

Hard to say. Many of the Spanish tennis players I don't think would be classified as white if they were from the Americas. Aranxa, Nadal, etc.

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