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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-panic 

  • 'hiss' - the sound a snake makes - associated with evil 
  • 'panic' - what fearful people do 


Hi-span-ic 
Hi-sp--ic 

  • 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. 

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