« on: July 01, 2009, 08:11:43 AM »
Mongoliod was the scientific term used whether you like it or not. Yes, it is offensive now because it is also associated with down syndrome. However you cannot deny the fact that native americans and the people of Mongolia and China are closely racially related.
We are getting out of topic on this thread. The reason why I talked about the original racial classifications is to show that anyone could be any of those 3 catogories and still be considered considered Hispanic.
Hispanic is a cultural term not a racial term.
I personally think the term Hispanic is discriminatory. It classifies all Latin Americans as having culture from Spain or Portugal, When in fact many Latin Americans only have language in common with there european counter parts. Many Peruvians for example are culturally Native Indian. They still dress, eat and speak as there native ancestors did, however they also speak spanish. So if they were to ever come to the USA they wouldn't be considered Native Indian, they would be Hispanic just because they are from Peru. Tell me how that isn't discriminatory.
The term Hispanic is like using the term Anglo to describe anyone on the planet that is a native speaker of english. How would Americans like it if when in a Spanish speaking country they are put in the same group whether you were born in the USA, UK, Jamaica, Austrailia, Canada, South Africa etc..