A lot of people use the terms "Hispanic" and "Latino" interchangably, thinking that they're synonymous when in reality, they're different. "Hispanic" just refers to Spanish-speaking countries, which happens to also be almost every Latin country. "Latino" refers to the geography (coming from or having ancestry in Latin American countries). But not everyone who is Hispanic is also Latino, and not every Latino is Hispanic.
Spaniards are Hispanic, since they speak Spanish (duh). But they are white, not Latino.
Brazilians are Latino, but they are not Hispanic because they speak Portuguese.
Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Colombians, etc. are both Hispanic and Latino.
I just felt like stating this because as both a Latino and Hispanic, it's annoying seeing and hearing people use those two terms as if they meant the same thing.
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Any of these can be any race except Latino. Latinos are typically white. Hispanic is a ethnicity. They have a specific culture. Spanish is a part of that. Latinos come from the Latin ancestors in Greece.
The Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Colombia part is true but I never thought of that lol. Very true though.
You're right. A lot of people use those terms interchangeably but they are different. Also neither again has much to do with race. To me there are only three races: Black, white, and Asian.1
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