I'd rather be called Cuban-American than Hispanic

Once upon a time, we were called "Latinos" or "Latin Americans" or "Cubans" in our case.  In the 1970s, they started calling us "Hispanics," a term that I had a lot of difficulty relating to.  I recall this conversation with my mom a long time ago:   "Mom, I just met a kid in school who said that he is hispanic". "Really, did you practice your Spanish with him?" "No.  He does not speak Spanish."   See what I mean?  I always related the term "hispanic" to someone who actually spoke Spanish.  I'm not saying "fluent Spanish" but I mean more than calling the Cubs "los cachorros".   Hispanic came into the picture in the 1970s when the federal government created a "little box" for us to check on applicaions. According to Grace Flores Hughes, it was done to account for the growing Hispanic population.    And so we became Hispanics!   However, "hispanic' has always left something out.  After all, some...(Read Full Post)