Latino vs Hispanic

Many people use the terms "Latino" and "Hispanic" synonymously, however there is a difference. There is a small difference that even the most stubborn old man can learn. I know what you are thinking, "They are simply labels. What does it matter?". Well it is important for everyone to understand and be slightly aware of the words they use to describe groups of people.  So, are you ready?

By definition the difference is language and location.  A Hispanic person is someone whose native tongue is the Spanish language. A Latino person is someone who is from Mexico, Central America, and South America, also known as Latin America. 

(Terry Blas)

It is pretty simple right, but let's take it one step further. . . 

Brazil is located in South America so Brazilians are Latino. However, Brazil's national language is Portuguese not Spanish, so Brazilians are not Hispanic.

Spain is a Spanish speaking country, so Spaniards are Hispanic. However, Spain is not located In Mexico, Central America, or South America, so Spaniards are not Latino. 

 (Terry Blas)


For further explanation read Terry Blas' comic strip here!