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Should a Latino be classified as Hispanic if he or she cannot speak Spanish?

  • Yes, culture is more than language



    America is a nation of immigrants. Many here describe themselves
    as Polish-American because their grandparents spoke Polish, or Irish-American
    when nobody in their family ever spoke Old Irish. Language contributes to cultural
    identity, but it is not the sum of it. Family matters, traditions, values and even
    religion are a part of what makes someone identify himself or herself as of a
    certain culture. Not just language.


  • If it is your heritage than you should be classified as such

    Yes, even if a Latino person cannot speak Spanish, if he or she is of Hispanic decent, then they should be classified as Hispanic. In some case a child is born in another country and is brought to the United States at a young age and grows up speaking English, this does not change the person's Hispanic heritage.

  • Yes they should.

    The language a person speaks has nothing to do with their ethnicity. So, yes, a Latino should be classified as Hispanic even if they don't speak Spanish. That is like saying a Jewish person is not Jewish because they don't speak Hebrew or Yiddish. If they were born to Jews then they are Jewish. Same with Latinos, they are Hispanic.

  • A Latino should not be classified as Hispanic if he or she cannot speak Spanish.

    A Latino should not be classified as Hispanic if he or she cannot speak Spanish. I have never been big on the fact that we have to label everything to be able to make sense of it. It should not matter what language anybody speaks to be able to label their origin.

  • That's not the only factor

    Ethnicity has far more to it than what language somebody speaks, fluency in Spanish should not be the qualifier for this just like fluency in another language shouldn't be a qualifier for any other ethnic group. Not only does this not make much sense, I don't see what problem it'd be solving.


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