Talk:Latin America

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All the Peoples[edit]

So let's say there's a guy from Mexico. Can he be considered Hispanic, Latino, and Mexican all at once? What's the appropriate usage for those terms? A.Ha 15:59, 13 January 2009 (EST)

The word Hispanic refers exclusively to someone who is currently a resident of a Spanish-speaking American country. If your guy currently lives in Mexico, he would be hispanic. If he lives in the United States, he isn't hispanic.

Latino refers to all Latin American nations regardless of language. So a Brazilian national would be latino, but not hispanic. Spaceboyjosh 20:26, 17 January 2009 (EST)

And Chicano? Mexican-American, but with a particular political bent, no? TheoryOfPractice 20:31, 17 January 2009 (EST)
This Is Not Latinx advises against using the term "Hispanic", exactly because it excludes Brazil and Haiti, and also because it identifies Latinx people with their colonizers. -- (talk) 05:37, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
While I do agree that Latino is more inclusive and not as confusing (linguistically) as Hispanic, I find it to be ill-advised to add the 'x' to Latino/Latina since AFAIK they are based on the gender (again, linguistically speaking) of the word in Spanish.--Owlman (talk) 06:38, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
Nonbinary people don't necessarily identify with either "Latina" or "Latino", though (as pointed out in that FAQ) – that's the one thing "Hispanic" has going for it (admittedly), that it is gender-neutral. So it seems we're stuck with "Latinx". (Oh, well. Yet another quirky-looking neologism that marks you as a "rabid SJW" to shitlords and that they can make fun of – as if we didn't have any before. Neologisms, that is – although fun kinda fits in context, too.) -- (talk) 22:44, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
I see your point about Latinx including non binary individuals, but it comes off slightly awkward (similarly to Spivak pronouns) AFAIK romance languages don't tend to recognize gender neutral wording.--Owlman (talk) 05:42, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Expanding to include info on indigenous people?[edit]

I was wondering if me, or anyone in general, could include some passages on the indigenous people of Latin America. Of course, their history and current impact on the politics and culture of Latin America is a huge topic.

Having read the previous discussion on this page, it got me thinking about the usage of terminology in classifying people from Latin America. I have a few indigenous Mexican friends who have issues with that term, but also some who are okay with it. I was wondering if we could also include a passage on the terminology. Ourdearbenefactor (talk) 01:10, 6 April 2021 (UTC)