Aren’t you all Catholics? Nope.

A few blunders well-intentioned people make about Latin Americans.

Latinx is more than a single identity.

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“Today is all about Hispanic culture! We ordered tacos, burritos, chips and salsa”.

Yes, I love that food, but we are more than that. We are part of an ethnic group defined by the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as “[people] of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.”

“Aren’t you all Catholics?”

Nope. Pretty much every religion is represented.

“They are immigrants from Puerto Rico.”

Puerto Ricans are Americans. Congress enacted legislation in 1940 that confers birth-right citizenship to people born in Puerto Rico. Charles R. Venator-Santiago explains in an article the complicated history and ambiguity that still exists.

“You look like the typical latina, with brown skin and black hair.”

We come in all colors and races.

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