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(October 10, 2007 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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The Hispanic culture runs deep in the United States. In fact, it has been so instrumental in developing certain aspects of our country, the Hispanic culture is finally being recognized with its own month. September 15 through October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month.

What does it mean to be Hispanic?

Technically Hispanic refers to anyone hailing from countries such as Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American. Many of these countries were under Spanish or Portuguese influence hundreds of years ago which makes for similar traditions and cultures. Of course, that would be like saying that the United States, Australia and the UK all share a culture, so we simply have to realize that Hispanic is a very broad term. In fact, many Hispanics descend from native inhabitants rather than European ancestors.

It is also important to realize that Hispanic has nothing to do with skin color. Some Hispanics have very light skin and others have the same range of coloring as African-Americans. Hispanic has nothing to do with what you look like or skin and hair color. It has everything to do with where you or your ancestors came from.

Hispanic Heritage

Despite my love for food, Hispanics have had much more to do in the United States than add a great cuisine. Here are just a few things we can attribute to the Hispanic culture:

Food

Since itís my personal favorite, I decided to start with food. Of course Hispanic foods include many of my personal favorites such as Mexican and Cuban. These foods just have the kind of flavor and spices that make my mouth water and I havenít come across one that doesnít have at least one dish I enjoy. Fajitas, plantains, black beans, tacos, cilantro, yummmmÖ.

Music and Dance

Some of the most inspiring forms of music hail from south of the border. The most obvious form that springs to mind is salsa. The salsa rhythms and beats have inspired countless people to take up the dance or seek out the music. The tango is another popular dance that originated with the Hispanics.

There is also a great deal of Latin flavor in hip-hop and other mainstream kinds of music including rap and country. The salsa, the fandango and tango are among the most exciting and fascinating kinds of dance to perform or watch. Our music would never be as rich as it is now without the Hispanic influence.

Language

There are plenty of words that come from Spanish and Portuguese and they are not just located in states near the border or your local restaurants. Ever heard of mosquitoes? Arizona or Colorado? How about chocolate?

Culture

There is a lot in our culture that is a direct influence of Hispanics. Chocolate is an important one in my life. Ranching and the cattle industry can also thank Hispanic countries. In fact, the first cowboys (and some argue most of them) were Hispanic. Even the kind of government we have in states like California and Texas are derived from Hispanic forms of government.

People of Hispanic origins were in what we now call the United States long before the Europeans (and other ancestries) arrived. They have given, perhaps, more than you ever realized to our great country (and many others as well.)


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Renoyo

36/Female
Yemen
Posted On: October 12, 2007
Okay, I understand a lot of people feel it's important that other cultures are recognized, especially in the US where we're so massively multi-racial and multi-cultural. But even as a Hispanic, I feel it's really ridiculous to give special recognition to cultures. That's the same as giving negative attention to a certain culture. It's ALL racist, it's ALL wrong. And there's no need for a month to celebrate a culture anyways. You can do it any time you want.
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reebeth

93/Female
Stafford, VA
Posted On: October 12, 2007
'I would just like to say Hispanics suffered just as the African Americans. Back in the day the wouldn't teach us English and even 11yr olds mopped floors in white ppl's school .And not no a thing about an education so this month is just a reminder of how far we got in life .'

I agree, but what about the Jews? They were slaves to the Egyptians for many years, then, hundreds of years later, Hitler comes along and tries to wipe them off the face of the planet(He was pysco. Why we didn't stop him when we had the chance is beyond me...).

But, you're right, Hispanics suffered alot, as did African Americans. And I think It's great they both have heritage months. I thought I would put my word in, too.
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cornelia_weasl

24/Female
Erwin, TN
Posted On: October 12, 2007
i had to learn the salsa for a play. for the last two years i had to put up with my cruel spanish teacher. i luv mexican food. well actually i luv quesedillas. i think i spelled that right. anywho. i luv taco bell the bestedest.
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CinnamonDragon

20/Female
Madagascar
Posted On: October 12, 2007
CRIMESCENE_ :

Well you put, Cinnamon Dragon + SuperHero or whatever.

Pffffffft that.

Have a nice day.

~Cin
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superhero_1

26/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 12, 2007
Crimescene, That Is Not The Way To Behave.

You Must Have Not Been Raised Properly.

Bye Byatch.

-Kayley,x
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CRIMESCENE_

20/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: October 12, 2007
CinnamonDragon;

I WAS TALKING ABOUT SUPERHERO_1.

Pfft.

:/
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Ice_Lolly

26/Female
Johnson City, TN
Posted On: October 12, 2007
I don't think you should have compared the skin color of dark skinned Latinos to African Americans if you didn't compare the light skinned ones to White Americans. As Black Hispanic people we don't look like African Americans we look like Afro-Latinos. Our ancestors and African American's ancestors come from the same place so if you were to compare our skin color to any group it should have been Africans. IMO, though you shouldn't have compared us to any group. Just because we are Black doesn't mean you have to compare us to African Americans, especially since you didn't compare the White ones from Spain to White Americans.
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xXx_Ali_Neko_x

22/Female
Posted On: October 11, 2007
I would just like to say Hispanics suffered just as the African Americans. Back in the day the wouldn't teach us English and even 11yr olds mopped floors in white ppl's school .And not no a thing about an education so this month is just a reminder of how far we got in life .
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CinnamonDragon

20/Female
Madagascar
Posted On: October 11, 2007
Did I say I didn't care about Hispanic Heritage mouth? Let me but it thus way.... THERE'S TONS OF OTHER HERITAGE'S THAT WE COULD CELEBRATE *JUST AS WELL* AS HESPANIC. So, were in that sentance did I say I didn't care? There's tons of other heritage's that don't get any notice. But no one cares about that do they?

~Cin
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yoshie

21/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: October 11, 2007
o and i luv my food its so good carne asada, tacos, enchiladas, sopes, frijoles(beans), albondigas, fajitas, tostadas,chilie con carne just 2 name a few!
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yoshie

21/Female
San Jose, CA
Posted On: October 11, 2007
what the hell 4 ur info superhero and cinnamon theres also black history month that like just passed. maybe there should be more heritage months but think before you post anythin offenive specally bout my race yep im mexican n i luv that i am! i think its becuz african people and mexican/any other south american culture (i hate being called hispanic or latina/latino) have gone threw more things while in this country! so back off!
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blubbernugget1

21/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: October 11, 2007
cinnamon dragon i agree with crime scene person there that sounds really rude i mean wat if i said oh who cares about celebrating African American Heritage Month, which i actually do care about trust me i really do, then that would sound racist which is wat u sound like
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Mrs_11

21/Female
Jacksonville, FL
Posted On: October 11, 2007
I DIDNT KNO THERE WUZ A HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH....THAT SOUNDS KINDA COOL
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CinnamonDragon

20/Female
Madagascar
Posted On: October 11, 2007
CRIMESCENE_ :

How could I have offended anybody? All I said was how come there isn't other heritage mouths. Is that offending to ANYONE?

I'm not going to sink to your level and say rude things to you, or anyone else, so have a great day!!!!

~Cin
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blubbernugget1

21/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: October 11, 2007
my heritage meaning my great grandmother is from spain so im part spanish
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