Please see below an e-mail I sent to Time magazine regarding the article recently published about "most influencial hispanics in America" which lists Portugal as an hispanic country.
We are Latin, like the Spanish, Italian, French, etc., but not hispanic.
On Wed, 17 Aug 2005 21:23:28 -0500, "dneves" <firstname.lastname@example.org said:
I have been a subscriber and enjoying TIME magazine for many years.
I always thought highly of the magazine due to the writers' knowledge and content of the articles. To my surprise, page 56 of the magazine includes Portugal as listed as a "country of ancestry". I have no idea why at this day and age anybody thinks of Portugal as a Hispanic country. We do not speak Spanish, never did, as well as our former "colonies", in particular Brasil which is surrounding by Spanish speaking countries. It is important that you correct the statement, if not for any other reason on behalf of your readers that reserve better and CORRECT information.
Thank you for the attention, and please advise to when a correction statement will be made in the magazine.
I am 21 years old, I was born in Canada and my mother is 5 generations Canadian. My father was born in Portugal, he is a mix of Brazilian and Spanish also.
I take after my father in appearance almost 90%. Growing up in a small town of mainly Anglo-descent(I'm talking Irish, Scottish, British....) I was made fun of, because my hair was dark, my skin was still tanned in the winter and I had more hair on my arms than the other girls(they would call me yellow girl, in fact I am olive colour). I was so embarrassed of my last name "Moleirinho" everyone wanted to know what it was, but I pretended I didn't know.
I always loved portuguese food, culture and language but would hide that from my friends because they didn't understand it. It wasn't until my first trip to Portugal that I realized, I should be proud of my background, I love the country, the people and even Fado! I am no longer embarrassed of being of Portuguese descent in fact I am proud!
I am confused because people can't figure out what I am, I am told that I look Latino or Brazilian, some say I look even Moroccan (I am so confused) Portuguese people call me "morena" I don't really know how to classify my self when it comes to the race stuff.
I know I don't look like a typical white girl but I check off white.
My boyfriend is from Uruguay and he is considered Hispanic. My skin is much more darker than his and people thinks he's the European not me. I think that everyone is different and we should stop trying to fit everyone into a little box. I am a MUTT and I will never fit in but I am proud that I am different. Hispanic, no. Latino, yes! thanks for letting me share my story
I do not know if you are still accepting entries for the Hispanic debate, but here is my contribution:
I am writing in regards to the debate Ixve just read on your website about whether or not Portuguese people should be considered 'Hispanic'. I am the product of Azorean parents and have never considered myself to be such. I actually take great offense at being considered Spanish, asked if I speak Spanish, told I look Spanish because it seems few people I run into, besides North Africans, seem to realize their is a different country next door to Spain ( rolls eyes ) Why should Portuguese people succumb to the ignorance of others?
I am extremely proud of my cultural heritage, will be back to the Azores to visit family soon and look forward to seeing the Portuguese National Football team do well at next year's World Cup. I have nothing but love for my people and hope they teach their kids to be proud of their heritage ( not in a crazy, self-absorbed nationalistic way but...you know what I mean).
And a special message to Portuguese parents who have daughters. Portuguese history is written on my face am I not the least bit ashamed to not look 'white'. But that wasnxt always so. I remember being told by a classmate in grade school that my dark hair reminded him of witchesx hair. So of course I tried to lighten it. For years I was brainwashed by North American pop culture into believing that only Nordic beauty was beautiful. But as I got older, I developed a sense of perspective and got in touch with my roots. I will never be brainwashed again. Donxt let anyone ever tell your little Luso-Princesses that they arenxt beautiful.
We all are......in all our incarnations.
Susana De Medeiros. Montreal, Canada
Sir! Read some of the comments about if Portuguese or Brazilians are/or should be considered Hispanics. Well NO! First Hispanic refers to all countries that speak the Spanish lanquage whether pure Spain or dialect. Many countries do, thanks to the back of the Portuguese explorers. And the pope's compromise excusex because most other nationalities can't distinguish one Spanish dialect to the other nor from Portuguese to Italian they assume we are toox
My name is David and I was born in Lajes-Praia de Vitoria, Azores Portugal. I am Portuguese and very proud to say it. I was adopted at a very young age and raised by U.S parents but I did not become a citizen until 6 Sept 2000. I am very proud of that also. My Portuguese name is David Guilherme Sousa Medeiros and when others look at the spelling, they believe it to be Spanish and Italian. I have never
been back to Portugal but I have met my biological family, I am sad to say that I have lost track of them though. I was in the military and my first meeting was the day before I deployed to Somalia. I came back and went to visit them in Fall River Mass. I could not believe what was happening and felt as though I did not belong. I wish I would have felt as I do now and kept in contact. I have always called myself
Portuguese, not Spanish or Hispanic. While in the military I was classified as other but later in my service before retiring, they said I was to classify myself as white. It never made a difference to me. I was Portuguese and that was all I cared. Now I have two children, my wife is from North America (USA) and she is wonderful. She loves the fact that I am Portuguese and my children love that fact also. My oldest daughter would say she is of Latin blood and I will respect her feelings because she says she is Portuguese first which makes me feel proud. So, to
close this message, I would say to you. Be proud to call your self who you are, people from Panama call themselves Panamanian, so why not call yourself Portuguese. Thank you for allow me to speak how I feel. Dave