I have read a few of the opinions posted on the home page and would like to share my opinion. I have gone through much of my short life wondering why people were classified in sections and subsections. When I was asked what race I was when I was younger I would say white. Out of curiosity I asked my parents what Portuguese was classified as. Neither of them could give me a straight answer. My father told me he checked a Hispanic box on a form once and was corrected when a person told him that Portuguese was considered white. That didn't answer my question though. He told me the opinion of another person who probably had no idea of Portuguese history or culture. My mother told me it was white because Hispanic was used to classify people from Central and South America. I don't think its fair to classify the entire Portuguese community as white because they are from Europe. We have very different cultures than the Germans or the Finnish. I think we should have our own box to check because we are minorities too. Our people have come to America seeking opportunities just as people from South and Central America have. Our people have gone through unique struggles and all of this to be classified under as ,in my opinion, having no unique culture at all. I think not. I vote for Luso-Hispanic as OUR box to check. I apologize for any discrepancies in my letter.

Obrigado,

Patrick Ramos

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From the editor:
Be careful when hyphenating the word Hispanic, it has different meanings for different people from different parts of the world. Either youxre Portuguese or Hispanic. The word Hispanic is not common in the Iberian Peninsula. As a nationality youxre either Spanish or Portuguese. These are the only nations that make up the Iberian Peninsula.

As for Race the following is the definition, a: a family, tribe, people, or nation belonging to the same stock b : a class or kind of people unified by shared interests, habits, or characteristics.

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A Mexican with Portuguese Jewish Ancestry - Jose Garcia
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Dear PAHR Foundation
As someone who works in the USA, and in Portugal, Spain and France on a continual basis due to my work requirements I believe that people need to understand a few facts prior to making assessments based on ignorant terminology.
Definitions roots:
Latins: People from Latium and their capital Rome. Italian
Hispania: The peninsula ALREADY had a name when the Roman Empire got there. It was IBERIA.
Lusitania: Area that was occupied by the Lusitanians prior to the Roman Empire's conquest in IBERIA.
After aproximately two hundred of fighting, the Romans finally conquered Lusitania and the peninsula was named by the Romans as: Hispania Baetica, Hispania Taraconensis, and Lusitania.
Hispanics: Basicly people that can have some Spanish culture and descent or were heavily influenced by the culture(includes Mexicans, Cubans, Panamanians, etc). DOES NOT INCLUDE BRASILIANS.
Latinos/Latinas: Tries to indentify/lump together people that have a culture/language that was heavily influenced by countries that speak languages derived from old latin. Used primarily for people in LATIN AMERICA.
Since the combination of European blood with African and local Indian tribes produced mixed race people, the ignoramus populace did not have a label for them. Therefore, Hispanic or Latino/Latina became and is still the identifier for people who are not just speaking Spanish but are considered mestizo/mestico, or in other words, not white....
So every time a Spaniard or Portuguese, French or Italian identifies themselves as Hispanic, Latino/a, they are actually stating that they are mixed race when actually they are not.
A good example is when an American out of ignorance congratules or wishes a Portuguese person a happy Cinco De Mayo, or instead of a thank you they say "Gracias". That right there shows you how they see you just because they think that you are Hispanic or Latino.
If Hispanics applies to Spaniards, then it should apply to Holland, Phillipines and Italy because they were colonies of the Spanish empire just like Mexico or Columbia. And Latin should apply to half of Canada and other places in the Caribean because they were colonized by the French (and they still speak French today). But they are not.
So what that tells you is that if you sucumb to the label, then you deserve it. I do not. I am very proud to be of Portuguese descent or Lusitanian. Do not INSULT me by calling me Hispanic or Latino.
If I was a Mexican, then I would not want to be called anything other than Mexican, because to call me Latino or Hispanic would be and insult to my heritage.

Proud to be Portuguese American or Luso American or Portuguese
Regards,
Professor John D. Pereira Ph.D.: Engineering & Physics
Location: USA/Portugal

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I seem to recall that on the Iberian peninsula, there were two separate countries: hispania and lusitania.
Consequently, the Spanish are called Hispanics and the Portuguese are called Luso.

Julia Leite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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