Okay, everyone gather round and let’s settle this once and for all: NOT ALL LATINOS SPEAK SPANISH. It’s true, it really is and you know what?—they are still Latino. Yup, still Latino, not any less Latino that Spanish-speaking Latinos.
Knowing Spanish is not a pre-requisite for being Latino—just ask the people who were in Mexico or any of the Americas before the Spanish colonized. I’m pretty stinkin’ sure that they did not speak Spanish at the time. Way back then Spanish was the language of the oppressor. Say what you will, but the truth is la verdad in any language.
Now, before you go and tell me that the only reason I am defending Latinos that don’t speak Spanish must be because I don’t speak Spanish myself let me just tell you that I do.
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I speak Spanish, it was my first language, although now I am for sure English dominant. I’m stoked that I speak Spanish because who wouldn’t want to be bilingual, but that doesn’t mean I look down my nariz at my Latino brothers and sisters that don’t speak Spanish nor do I say thing to them like “you’re an embarrassment to your culture” or “you should be ashamed” or any of the other countless insulting things that non-Spanish speaking Latinos hear.
I bring this up because the consistently awesome people at The Flama made a video called, “Things Non-Spanish Speaking Latinos Are Sick of Hearing” that is spot on and a must watch.