Recently, I read a news story in which they were describing a robber who got away. They put up a sketch of the suspect.
Here is his description:
"He's described as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds."
People in the comments laughed: "That's hilarious!!! Don't hispanic males have dark skin? The description fits 90% of the hispanic male population until they get to the weight. A 190 pound hispanic male???"
Twenty-one countries claim Spanish as their official language. Still, when people think "Hispanic," this is what they imagine for each of those countries:
And, certainly, not this:
They think this is Hispanic music:
When it is also this:
Hispanic heroes are jokes:
But they are also iconic:
Though there are Hispanics who look like this:
People still imagine this:
I am Venezuelan:
But when people hear "Venezuelan" they think this:
Even though the reigning Miss Venezuela looks like this:
And the previous Miss Venezuela looks like this:
I do not negate that there are Hispanics who look like this:
But they also look like this:
Yes, Hispanics look like my sister and my nieces:
But they also look like my brothers and my mom:
Yes, Hispanics look like my sister-in-law, but they also look like my nephew.
I have been told I'm not Caucasian enough, and I have been told I'm not Hispanic enough. I suppose someone should tell that to my parents, grandparents and great grandparents. And while they're at it, my great great grandparents.
If the world you live in dictates that a Hispanic person is brown and up to no good, then turn off the TV and turn on your mind.