Dairylander wrote:"Hispanic" is a well-established word and a well-established voting demographic.
For you to get all anal about the semantics is annoying and off-topic.
Yes, it is a well established word and a well established voting demographic. However, as I was trying to point out, as soon as you start thinking about it it becomes meaningless.
Perhaps the demographic should be "Spanish-speaking", where they have Spanish as their primary language. That would have the benefit of being meaningful. Not terribly useful for anything I can see, but meaningful.
Let's consider the 3 main Hispanic voting groups: Puerto Ricans, Mexican-Americans and Cuban-Americans. If we are talking about voting, we are talking about citizens so let's ignore non-citizens for the moment.
A very large portion of Puerto Ricans, although citizens, are not eligible to vote. Let's ignore them, too for the moment.
Could you tell me what interests these 3 groups have in common? The interests of Cuban-Americans are very different from the interests of Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans. What will win votes with one group will likely lose votes with one or both of the others.
Cuban-Americans vote fairly heavily Republican (60-70% IIRC) The Puerto Ricans living in FL (800,000+) are not as strongly Repo but still have a lot of Repo support. Puerto Ricans living in cities like NY are much more connected to and supportive of the Demmie machine.
Mexican Americans in CA are largely Demmie, I think. Less so in Texas and New Mexico.
So please, tell me how it is a well defined demographic for voting or any other purpose?
Tell me what interests, culture, racial heritage etc they have in common?
Dairylander wrote:(Personally, I prefer Latino, but you'll never hear me make a stink about it. All the documents and forms already say Hispanic, so it's ridiculous to worry about it.)
Latino and Hispanic are more or less equivalent and I have no problem with either of them. I certainly would never make a stink about either and was not trying to with my note asking for a definition. I was merely trying to point out that trying to shoehorn such a wildly diverse group of people into a single group is not particularly useful or helpful.
Just curious, is there any particular reason you prefer Latino?
Are you Hispanic/Latino? Not that it matters and ignore the question if you prefer.