One Tweet Is Gently Reminding Everyone That If You Are From Spain You Aren’t Latino
There is a lot of discussion about Spanish musicians being included in the Latin music genre. While the music industry doesn’t have the vocabulary to differentiate between Latino and Hispanic, we do. One tweet is offering a gentle reminder of that.
Here is the tweet reminding Spaniards that they can’t be Latino.
Being Latino/Latina/Latinx is an identifier for people who have roots in Latin America. Latin America represents countries throughout the Caribbean (Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Haiti), Central America, South America, and Mexico.
The growing consensus of who gets to use what terms is strictly geographical.
Hispanic is specific to people from Spain or Spanish-speaking area. Meanwhile, Latino means being from Latin America. It is possible to be both Hispanic and Latino. Meanwhile, Brazilians are Latinos, not Hispanic and Spaniards are Hispanic, not Latino.
Some people blame the popularity of Spanish entertainers in the Latino community.
In the U.S., it is common to see Spanish singers and actors included in the list of Latin entertainment. Speaking Spanish is one of the first indicators of Latin entertainment but this does not make them Latino.
Antonio Banderas, Enrique Iglesias, and Alejandro Sans are perfect examples of Spanish artists who are beloved in the Latino community. They are often billed as Latin artists because that is a universally understood genre to represent Spanish-language entertainment.
The conversation has been happening for a while, most notably when Rosalía was nominated for Latin music awards.
People were upset that Rosalía, a Spanish artist, was taking the place of Latino artists in Latin music. People of Latino descent consider Spanish people to be the colonizers. Tbh, it is true. Spaniards did come to Latin America to colonize the land. Centuries later Latino people want more separation and acknowledgment that Latinos and Hispanics are not the same things.
It is 2020 and people are still sharing experiences of having to educate people about their identities and how to properly address them.
People are Twitter were appreciating this kind of conversation and if you want to learn more about how Latinos and Hispanics are different, click here.