Latino, Hispanic, Spanish, Chicano, Rican


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Review how art changed the world for the illiterate Mexican peasants. Their fate has been MUCH different than OUR American Indians .  Why?   Diego’s Murals?

The Mexican peasantry was illiterate. How do you get the word out?  Some of our students are approaching a state of near illiteracy… how do THEY acquire much of their information? 



Just to give it an extra turn… are most Mexicans American  –  Indians?  They think, “yes”.

Re: What should the people living in the United States be called? “Americans” bothers the Mexicans and the Canadians. Ideas?


Latino  In the United States, Latino refers to non-Anglo-American citizens who are living in the United States of America and are of Latin American background, also referred to as Hispanic. The feminine form of the word is Latina.  “Latino” is a shortened form of the Spanish (in the United States) word for a Latin American individual, “latinoamericano.” The non-biased interpretation would reveal that “latino”, in Spanish, means only that something possesses a Latin quality–most often referring to the Latin language or the culture around the former Roman Empire. In Spain, “latinoamericano” is rarely, if ever, abbreviated to “latino”. As a general guideline, in Europe, “latin” or “latino” is understood as being from a country that was formerly part of the Roman Empire (and played a large role in it).

Hispanic  Hispanics are the largest minority group in the United States, comprising 13.4% of the population, about 40 million people in 2003. Throughout the early 2000s the Hispanic population growth was around 2.4% per annum, faster than any other ethnic group in the United States. If this growth rate continues, Hispanics in the United States will number anywhere from 80 million to over 100 million by 2050.


 Synonyms and Antonyms

Often the term Hispanic is used synonymously with the word Latino However, a Hispanic specifically refers to the people from Spain and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Americas. Latinos, on the other hand, are only those from the countries of Latin America, whether Spanish or Portuguese-speaking. Thus, of a group consisting of a Brazilian, a Columbian, a Mexican and a Spainard; the Brazilian, Colombian, and Mexican would all be Latinos, but not the Spaniard, since Spain is not geographically situated in Latin America (Spanish; Latinoam Ãrica, adj. latino, pl. latinos). Conversely, the Colombian, Mexican and Spaniard would all be Hispanics, but not the Brazilian, since Brazil was conquered by the Portuguese (unless the Brazilian also happened to be of Spanish ancestry, rather than Portuguese).

 STUDENT thoughts…..

From Gary Schmidt  FT1. He suggests:
Users (we use everything up) and could also stand for: Under- Standing Everyones Rights”  (Hint- I have 20+ years of military service and more acronyms than McDonald has sold hamburgers).

From Melinda Tamalantes:

For a specific classroom idea I would divide my classroom randomly into groups of five. Each group will be given a color- by- number type of poster and 5 crayons of various colors.  The catch will be that each item in the poster will be colored only ONE color. For example, in a poster of an ocean scene ALL of the fish will have to be pink or in poster of wildflowers ALL flowers will have to be blue, etc.  Once the posters have been completed I will show the students a picture of an ocean filled with multiple colored fish, or a field with many colored flowers. I will explain that life is more interesting when one color does not dominate. We need all the colors and to make the picture complete. I will build upon this theme to discuss people and how our differences help create a better picture.