"Meet powerhouse artist/activist Favianna Rodriguez — a leading voice in the movement of artists raising awareness about U.S. immigration issues."
- I am OTHER
The Untold Story of Latinos in America “We are all Americans of the New World, and our most dangerous enemies are not each other, but the great wall of ignorance between us.”
Juan González, Harvest of Empire
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Friday, April 3, 2015
Four Commonly Misused Words - Hispanic, Caucasian, White & Female
Hispanic for Latino - NOPE
The word Hispanic was derived from Hispaniola (Spanish speaking island) and the word Hispanic is meant to indicate all Spanish speaking people (including Spain), but leaves out Portuguese speaking people (Brazil).
And more troublesome, onomatopoeically Hispanic sounds really bad.
- 'hiss' - the sound a snake makes - associated with evil
- 'panic' - what fearful people do
- These two ways of hearing the word make is sound like both a stereotype and a racial slur. They sound like either Spic-n-Span - a cleaning product, or 'spic' a racial slur for Latinos.
Latino, Latina, Latin@, Latinx - YES
These are inclusive terms for all people from all of Latin American and the Iberian Peninsula.
Caucasian for European-American - NOPE
Caucasian is from the family of race words: Caucasoid, Negroid, Mongoloid
The term Negro is no-longer politically correct, and neither should Caucasian be widely used unless trying to indicate people from India to Europe - what the word really means.
European-American - YES
People understand it makes sense to say African-American, Latino-American, Asian-American, yet most people do not say European-American
Giving European-Americans a free pass to identify as only White makes them not sound like foreigners to the Americas - but they are foreign colonizers of the Americas. European-Americans are the first alien people in the Americas. European-Americans are alien to the Americas.
White for European-American - NOPE
Using the term White for European-Americans gives those people an unearned privilege of purity and righteousness.