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George Lopez: Don’t Vote for Me

Comedian, George Lopez, made an appearance the other night on the Piers Morgan Tonight show and what made the headlines for many (Fox News, The Daily Caller, Newsbusters, Politico, LA Times, etc.) was his comment about moving to Canada should Sarah Palin become President of the United States.  I don’t see her becoming president, however everyone missed his comment, which made him the “Hypocrite of Late Night.”

George Lopez began the discussion of politics by touting the idea of running for Mayor of Los Angeles himself, by stating, “I believe that there are certain things that could be taken care of that you don’t need a strong political background in.” 

Yet, when discussing his disgust with Sarah Palin George Lopez says, “I like my politicians to actually have a political background, to know politics, to actually have inherited something from working in the political world.”

So what’s it going to be, political experience or no experience?  I guess for him you don’t need a political background and experience to manage the 2nd most populous city in the United States.  Maybe liberals are fine with electing people with no experience but demand that conservatives have a 10 page resumé.

Hispanic or Latino: When in Doubt, Lay it All Out

Written originally for The Americano’s Hispanic Blog Network

You will never completely satisfy everyone.  Some Latinos get offended when you describe them as Hispanic and some Hispanics are offended when called Latino.  Then you have others who get offended when you use either.  Some prefer to be called Mexican-American, Dominican-American, Cuban-American, Colombian-American, and so on.  Others prefer to be associated by their country of origin such as Mexican, Dominican, Colombian, or by region like Tejano or Nuyorican. Then what about Puerto Ricans given that they are Americans to begin with?

Some say we should be called Spanish Speaking-Americans, however many Hispanics (like 2nd and 3rd generation) are English dominant yet they are very in-tune with their Latino culture.  Also, the term Spanish Speaking-American can then offend los gringos and some Hispanics who believe there should only be English Speaking-Americans or yearn for English to be the official language of the United States.

Could I confuse you anymore?  Perhaps this will give you a better idea:

A 2006 survey by the Pew Hispanic Center found that 48% of Latino adults generally describe themselves by their country of origin first; 26% generally use the terms Latino or Hispanic first; and 24% generally call themselves American on first reference. As for a preference between “Hispanic” and “Latino”, a 2008 Center survey found that 36% of respondents prefer the term “Hispanic,” 21% prefer the term “Latino” and the rest have no preference.

Google graph of the search terms "Hispanic" and "Latino."

In the world of Google, Continue reading

Where am I From?

Posted in the Americano

Over the years I continue to get a kick out of challenging people when they ask a simple question, “where are you from?”  I would frequently get stopped perhaps because of my dark hair or the way I may pronounce a particular word.  The 15 years I lived in Florida was the exception as the state is known for it’s diverse Hispanic population, however many assumed I was Cuban-American rather than Puerto Rican.

As a child growing up in the DC metro area, I would respond by saying I was Puerto Rican or my family is from the island, nevertheless some people couldn’t believe it.  Sometimes I was told I wasn’t dark enough or because I had freckles.  I’m thinking, what the heck does an American look like, pretty much the same as a Puerto Rican, full of colors, right?  Next thing you know I’m giving a history lesson to friends and strangers!  I would talk about the Taíno Indians, the settlement of the Spaniards (who are European), the slaves from Africa, and the blending of all those cultures.

Now, as an adult, I give less history lessons and focus more on getting people to think deeper.  For instance, last year while taking my son to a new barbershop, I assume that after calling my son’s name (a mix of Italian and Spanish) the barber asked me where I was from.  I replied, “Florida.”  He said, “No, you know what I mean…what’s you’re nationality?” Continue reading


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