Within the Latino community itself in the United States, there is some variation in how it is defined or used. Various U. These agencies were also simultaneously using the term Hispanic , which usually has a slightly different meaning: where Latino includes Brazil, Hispanic usually does not. Conversely, Hispanic often includes Spaniards , whereas Latino does not. Usage of Latino is tied to the United States.
Illegal, criminal, threatening, family-oriented, hard-working, patriotic — these are the contradictory words used to describe Latinos. Even as marketing industries popularize our music, food, holidays and fashion, Latinos remain commonly misunderstood and discriminated against. People of Latin American descent are regularly flooded with repetitive questions about who they are as a people and as a culture. Whether the queries come from racist Twitter users or ignorant yet well-meaning colleagues and classmates, such comments only serve to homogenize disparate and unique cultures, and "other" Latinos in our society. Even with good intentions, saying such things is discrimination. To help put some of these stereotypes to rest, here are some of the most common misconceptions, questions and remarks people make too often about Latinos. Most recent migrants are fluent in their home tongue, so it's no surprise that the majority of first-generation Latinos speak Spanish.
An estimated 1. Dominicans in this statistical profile are people who self-identified as Hispanics of Dominican origin; this means either they themselves are Dominican immigrants or they trace their family ancestry to the Dominican Republic. Dominicans are the fifth-largest population of Hispanic origin living in the United States, accounting for 3. Hispanic population in Since , the Dominican-origin population has more than tripled, growing from , to 1.
National Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins Sept. The celebration began as a seven-day festivity under President Lyndon B. Johnson in and was extended to a month-long affair by President Ronald Reagan in It recognizes how our nation has been influenced by those of Hispanic or Latino origin. One way to distinguish the terms is simply to trace their origins.