posted on Oct, 24 2005 @ 03:52 PM
First of all 'Latino' is NOT a race. Latino is a culture. Anyone who has read history, knows that Latinos in South and Central America were created
by combining European blood (Spain, Italy, Portugal, France and later England, Germany and even China) Native American blood (different indigeous
tribes of North, Central and South America) and Africa (carried over to the new world from Portugese ships and delivered to the Caribbean countries).
That is why Latinos look so different from one another depending on where they are from.
They share the same language (Spanish) as well as many similar customs derived from Europe, which is why they fall under the same umbrella term.
'Latinos.' Foodwise, history, dialect and tradition however (as well as looks) vary accordingly according to country and social class.
Let me give you some examples of people who are partially Latino blooded - Some which you probably didn't know:
Cameron Diaz (name should give it away - Cuban father) Linda Carter (Mexico) Charlie Sheen/Emilio Estevez (mother's side) Tatyana Ali (Panamanian
mother, father from Trindad) Catherine Bach (parents German and Mexican) Joan Baez (Scottish/English mother and Mexican father) Rita Hayworth (was
born Margarita Carmen Cansino) Christy Turlington (Mother is from El Salvador) Madeleine Stowe (Mother is Costa Rican) Mariah Carey (Irish, African
American and Venezuelan) Jean-Michel Basquiat (parents from Haiti and Puerto Rico) and the list goes on and on...
What is my point? There isn't 'one' LATINO race - they are a mixture of heritages. And the people on this list are also American - again, not a
race but a country of different cultures.
1. Most of the time these people are viewed as 'white' when in reality they are of mixed heritage
2. You never really know without asking someone to pull out their pedigree do you? Racial 'purity' is just an illusion and a dangerous one at