i didnt know that i wasnt allowed to call mexicans, mexicans. do they have a special name that i need to call them? because apparently if i call them mexicans, that means im racist so please inform me of the proper name to call a mexican.
I also wanted to add: Hispanic is a linguistic quantifier. Not a national origin, not a race, not a heritage. It is simply a term used to lump together persons who speak a common language.. In this case, that language would be Spanish. An American of Mexican descent who does not speak Spanish, would not be "Hispanic", yet for some reason, that is the term used.. Hispanics can be of many origins/races (due to the differences and numbers of countries that speak Spanish).. There are white/caucasian Hispanics, there are black Hispanics (I can't use the term African American because they would not be American, a black person in Spain would be Hispanic, but not African American)
Answer by pixie_trix at 2:42 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by UpSheRises at 2:23 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by boobarandbell at 2:38 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by But_Mommie at 2:23 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Calling them Mexicans is fine as long as you know for a fact that they are MEXICANS. Unfortunately, many think that every Latino is a Mexican when they obviously they are not. Spaniards are not Italians even though they share similar characteristics and come from the same continent.
Answer by Sisteract at 2:27 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
A person from Mexico, a person who is a Mexican citizen is a "Mexican". Stating such is no more racist than stating that an American citizen is an "American".
However. When the person is in reference is not a Mexican citizen, they are not "Mexican". In that case, not really racist as much as an ignorant person making a general reference instead of actually knowing a person's national origin. Can one consider that racist if they choose to and want to make a racist issue out of it, yep they can. That's a choice though, one can just as easily choose to interpret it for what it is, a person not really knowing a Mexican from a Guatemalan..etc. and correct the person.
I get called "Indian" all the time. I'm not Indian, I am American.. Born and raised American.. However, I am of Indian descent..I do not choose to view those who call me "Indian" as racist, just clueless.... LOL
Answer by pixie_trix at 2:28 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by boobarandbell at 2:44 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
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Answer by SleepingBeautee at 2:23 PM on Jan. 7, 2011
Answer by pixie_trix at 2:44 PM on Jan. 7, 2011