Cubano, not Hispano?
How crazy is the left getting? Chris Matthews of MSNBC recently wondered if Senator Rubio and Senator Cruz are Hispanic. It's nothing new, since most liberals think that minorities are only genuine when they vote Democrat. Ask Justice Thomas or Dr. Carson.
Here are a couple of tips for Mr Matthews:
First, the U.S. government defines Hispanic like this:
So, are Cruz and Rubio Hispanic? That’s easy. It’s a blood thing. Look at the definition from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: “A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.”
Second, Hispanics come in many colors.
There are white Hispanics, or the descendants of Spanish and Europeans. My father's ancestors moved to Cuba in the 1840s from Spain. My mother's family moved to Cuba from Asturias (the northern province of Spain) in the 1920s. Let me add that Fidel Castro's father was a Spaniard who stayed in Cuba after the Spanish-American War of 1898.
There are black Hispanics who are primarily from Caribbean countries, such as the Dominican Republic and down to Panama. These are the offspring of the slaves who came to the region in the 18th century.
Of course, there are many native Americans in such countries as Mexico, Peru, and Central America. They are the descendants of the great civilization that the Spanish explorers found, such as the Aztecs, Maya, and Incas.
There is also great diversity when it comes to religion. It's true that most Hispanics have Catholic roots, but there are hundreds of Jewish high schools in Latin America. It's estimated that 500,000 Jews live in Latin America.
Hispanics in the U.S. are a combination of all of those groups. It's amazing that "diversity-mad" liberals do not understand that.
Unfortunately, the word "Hispanic" has now been given a political meaning. It was supposed to be a definition of only your background, not the way you vote.