I don't understand it, I have friends who do it all the time and I have to correct them but they do it again. Do they not understand what the difference is?
Most Helpful Guy
I know! It's mostly black people who do that though. I never hear white people say that unless they're ignorant whites from way down south. Black people have this annoying habit for calling Hispanics "Spanish" and "Mexicans." The true "Spanish" are from Spain, and not every Latino is Mexican.1
Most Helpful Girl
Plain and simple.
I know someone that calls every Asian person... Chinese.
Some people just don't stand back and realize and there are a lot of different Asian ethnicities and Spanish ethnicities as well.
They call them the one they are most familiar with.
I even see the same thing pertaining to Caribbean people.
Some people call every one with an island accent.. Jamaican.1