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Old 04-24-2012, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Default Why people think all Hispanic people are Mexican?

I have nothing against Mexicans, but why is it that a lot of people who are not from diverse cities think all Hispanic people are Mexicans? Not all Hispanics like Soccer. Mainly, the people from South America are the ones that like Soccer..

So what are your inputs?
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: New York NY
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Mexicans are just the largest spanish speaking group in the U.S. so that's what comes to mind for most people. I know we find it odd because in New York it's only in the last decade or so have we seen lots of Mexicans coming in, whereas we've had Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Colombians, Panamanians, Cubans for ages, plus now lots of immigrants from other parts of Latin America. For us, the Mexicans are latecomers, for everybody else, they've been there forever.

And by the way, love that screen name!
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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It is an stereotype from the white people
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area (as of June 2014)
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Here in California, most of our Hispanics are Mexican, but that's surprising that in an area where there's various types of Hispanics people still think that.
I'm part Hispanic (from Spain) but I'm also blond haired and blue eyed, it's annoying when people say "oh you don't look Spanish" when they don't realise Spain is in Europe and Spanish shouldn't refer to all Spanish-speaking cultures.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:33 PM
 
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Mexicans are just the largest spanish speaking group in the U.S. so that's what comes to mind for most people. I know we find it odd because in New York it's only in the last decade or so have we seen lots of Mexicans coming in, whereas we've had Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Colombians, Panamanians, Cubans for ages, plus now lots of immigrants from other parts of Latin America. For us, the Mexicans are latecomers, for everybody else, they've been there forever.

And by the way, love that screen name!
Sums it up when it comes to New Yorkers and Mexicans.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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In most of the US, the Hispanic population is rather homogeneous with respect to country of origin. Overall, Mexicans make up about two-thirds of all Hispanics, and in most of the west, they are close to 100%. In these areas, it seems likely that Hispanic would be synonymous with Mexican, since there are few individuals from other countries. Parts of california might be a slight exception since Central American populations are larger there. In the northeast, Puerto Ricans are the majority of Hispanics in many locales.

But I would also question your original premise. Is it actually true that most people think all Hispanics are Mexicans? What's your evidence of this?
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:36 PM
 
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I think most in the U.S. DO think most hispanics are Mexicans. I have no evidence, other than just living in the western U.S. my entire life. This has been my experience. No, not agreeing with the premise, but understanding that most do.

Bottom line, if anyone has noticed, Mexican immigration, both legal and illegal has almost slowed to a stand still. Reasons: Nobody has come out and said it, but the U.S. economy is probably the biggest factor. Jobs. Not so many.

This is important, because few in the U.S. realize this is occuring. The issue may be not so important here in 2012 afterall. Legal immigration is fine, but as I said, even that is slowing.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I thought in Miami they were all Cubans and in New York they were all Puerto Ricans?

Around here, they're mostly Mexicans because their ancestors were born here when it was Mexico. They didn't move, the border did.
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:48 AM
 
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Around here (Rochester NY) the go to is Puerto Rican, since it has the largest hispanic population here.
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Old 04-25-2012, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Lawrenceville)
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I grew up mostly in Connecticut, and in my experience people in the Northeast understand there are other kinds of Latinos. It's just that outside the Northeast (and of course Florida) most people just meet either Mexicans or possibly Central Americans (Guatemalans, Salvadorans, etc), who due to being Mestizo, aren't really distinguishable from Mexicans the way Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, or Cubans are.
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