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In this article Juan Flores describes many ways the terms Latino and Hispanic could be implemented According to Flores it has been suggested that Latinos be used to refer to citizens from a Spanish speaking world living in the United States and Hispanics to those living elsewhere In my opinion distinguishing the meaning of both Latino and Hispanic with complete community agreement is impossible I feel that any persons that consider themselves Latino or Hispanic are going to have their own views on what they feel is the meaning of the term in question Although Juan Flores does cover a large basis of suggestions I feel not everyone would agree completely on one set meaning of the two terms With all this confusion of what exactly these terms mean to the community people still find their own reasons why they choose to call themselves Latino or Hispanic Whether it is their location in America or their deep-felt ties to their cultural roots In this article evidence of this reasoning is shown Where I come from in New Mexico nobody uses Latino most people never even heard the term Were Mexicanos Chicanos Mexican-Americans Raza Hispanic but never Latino Hispanic For me a Hispanic is basically a sellout unvendido Anyone who calls himself Hispanic or refers to our community as Hispanic just wants to be an American and forget about our roots Throughout my life I have had the privilege to meet many different people that would prefer to call themselves Latino or Hispanic I have come to some kind of conclusion that I find to be consistent about what kind of people do call themselves one or the other My step father is of Mexican dissent as well as my brother and sister My father considers himself Hispanic and my sister and brother consider themselves Latino I have taken a few Mexican American Studies classes and most of my fellow young classmates use the term
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