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  • Latino and Hispanic, Hispanic and Latino.

  • The two words are often used interchangeably, but they're not the same thing.

  • The difference lies in the words themselves.

  • Latino refers to geography. People were from, or descendants of Latin America.

  • That's this area here on the globe.

  • It includes most countries in Central and South America as well as some in the Caribbean, 20 countries total and some territories like Puerto Rico.

  • The term Latin America was first used by Chilean politician Francisco Bilbao in 1856.

  • It was used to describe countries in America whose predominant languages stem from Latin.

  • So, like Spanish, Portuguese, French.

  • That's why beliefs in Central America and Giuliana and Suriname in South America are not part of Latin America.

  • English is the official language of Belize and Guyana. Dutch and Sranan Tongo are spoken in Suriname.

  • We've recently adopted Latinx as a gender neutral alternative to Latino and Latina.

  • In the most literal sense, Hispanic also refers to language. People who are from are descendants of Spanish-speaking countries. That includes places like Spain in Europe and some countries and territories in the Caribbean.

  • It excludes countries like Brazil and others in Latin America, where the predominant language isn't Spanish.

  • According to the set of Ethos Institute, more than 400 million people worldwide are from Spanish-speaking countries, and nearly 10% of those reside in the United States.

  • That's a lot.

  • And that's probably why the US government introduced the term in the 1970 census during Richard Nixon's presidency.

  • So back to the beginning. The two terms shouldn't be used interchangeably because they're not the same thing.

  • You can be Hispanic if you're from Spain, but that doesn't make you Latinx because you're not from the Latin American country.

  • You're Latinx if you're from Brazil, but you're not Hispanic.

  • But you can be both.

  • I'm both.

  • My family is from Mexico, both the Latin and Hispanic country.

  • Now you know.

Latino and Hispanic, Hispanic and Latino.

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Latino or Hispanic? What's the difference? - BBC News

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