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Old 04-29-2005, 12:51 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Who Me?
I would have to check on this, but I thought that it WAS considered a race until fairly recently.
Perhaps in the US but if you actually go to Latin America NO ONE calls their race Latin/Latina/Hispanic. Everyone I know goes by Black, White, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander, or a combination of two or all of the above.

It is the same as calling North Americans a race and I doubt anyone would do that. And obviously that North American is not a race but like Latin America, Europe, etc. it does have a culture in common.

The US only uses it to separate Hispanics from North American. It was not a category until there was a huge influx of people from Latin America. No one cared when a few Costa Ricans, Brasilians, Argentineans, etc. immigrated to the US.

It is more of a political (and social) than a scientific thing……

I am not sure if the term is used in Europe.

ETA: Race is such an arbitrary term anyway. During the 19th Century, Italians and Irish were each considered a separate race.

The idea of race changes with politics and society.
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