Why Do We Say “Latino”?


From Origin Of Everything.

The first thing to pop into your mind when you hear "Latino" is probably people from Latin America – places like Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, etc. But where exactly did the history of that word come from, and has it always meant Central America and South America as well as the Caribbean? Today Danielle traces the origin of the term "Latino" and the debates that still surround it as well as the term "Hispanic" and "Latinx."

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