Pepe Billete: I'm Not a Latino, I'm Not a Hispanic, I'm a Cuban American! (Part Dos)

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Last week I managed to upset a pretty big segment of Miami's non-Cuban Spanish speaking population when I asserted that referring to all Spanish-speaking people as "Hispanic" or "Latino" is xenophobic and just plain wrong. You don't have to look much further than the comments section of that article to see que las mandadas pa la pinga llovieron. It seems like I touched on a pretty sensitive nerve.

The article received thousands of views within hours, and even managed to get the attention of a couple national media outlets. I still stand by that article 100 percent, and this week I want conclude my end of the discussion with a few points I intentionally left out for the sake of brevity.

Que coño es "Hispanic" o "Latino"?
In the first two paragraphs of last week's article, I gave you the dictionary definition of "Hispanic" and "Latino," according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the authority on the English Language. I also showed you how those terms are completely misused in the media.

What I didn't tell you is that colloquially, the terms are used in the United States to specifically refer to people that derive from 20 specific countries, and while many people have grown accustomed to them, using those two monikers to represent such a large population perpetuates stereotypes and dilutes culture. Here's why.

According to National Geographic, we live in a country where 47 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 cannot identify India on a world map. Mi gente, when I tell you que el comemierda esta a la orden del dia, I'm not kidding! It's that same brand of ignorance that leads people to assume that all Spanish speaking people are Mexican. Sabes porque? Because no one tells them otherwise. Referring to yourself by your cultural descent and nationality reminds people that there is more than one country in the world that speaks Spanish.

Still don't think its a big deal? Read some news reports outside of Miami and notice how common it is for the media to use the term "Hispanic" and "Latino" as a race. Even by the skewed colloquial definition (people from 20 specific countries in South, Central America and the Caribbean) that these words have come to represent, the term is still misused. People are now becoming comfortable with using them as a racial identifier. Ask someone outside of Miami what a Hispanic person looks like and you'll realize exactly what I'm talking about. Let's be clear, there is no such thing as a "Hispanic" or "Latino" race. Period.


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bullshiteverything
bullshiteverything

Or maybe they should make it a law to put your countries flag symbol on every t-shirt you have, kind of like the Nazi's did to the Jews. At least when you're vacationing in hillbilly heaven again billy bob won't call you a mexican :)

bullshiteverything
bullshiteverything

Maybe we should put the Klu Klux Klan in charge of the mainstream media. Then perhaps you'd realize that you're making a big deal out of nothing at all. Find some shit to write about that's worth while. Honestly, you sound like a black person demanding reparations for shit that happened a long time ago. I know the issues you speak of are current, but that's about how important they are. Feeling like you are owed something just fulfills the stereotype of being a nigger or wetback. Hope you read this. and by the way...so what racial denomination am I? am I a part of the "english-speaking" denomination? I should learn spanish then I can fulfill my dreams of becoming part of the 'spanish-speaking' denomination. Hope this helped you get your head out of your ass.

bullshiteverything
bullshiteverything

Pepe, first of all; genetically speaking, there is no such thing as any other race of humans. Second of all, you're really not doing yourself much of a favor by stereotyping people outside of Miami as people who stereotype spanish-speaking people. I'm not a spanish-speaker, and I'm not even from Florida, but I have Spanish blood in me, as well as Chinese and multiple other denominations of 'anglo-saxon' blood.

So heres a question pepe...what cultural traditions should I partake in? Being that I'm multi-racial and all.

I think it takes a pretty big ego to get offended that not everyone knows what specific culture your ancestors stem from. Also, I feel that people from or who live in famous cities such as NYC or L.A.....or Miami are more inclined to use their city almost as some sort of status symbol, to fuel their ego. But I know that all people from such places aren't like this, just so u know I'm not stereotyping ;)

You don't see many gay people complaining about being called gay, even though that word didn't even come close to what it means today.

I think America would be a much better country if people were a little more passionate about living here. There would probably be less gang violence too if the people in them (usually black or 'spanish speaking') didn't feel like they had to band together because 'the man' is against them(combined with a better education system and lower poverty rate throughout inner-cities).

It's pretty pitiful that some people in Miami care more about this kind of shit than things such as children suffering and starving throughout the world. If you got your head out of your ass and realized you're not special and you're just another fucking human-being then maybe you can make a real difference in the world.

aliantonet
aliantonet

Pepe you are younger than I am and probably don't remember how we all inherited this hispanice and latino designations. Latino came about because Mexican Americans didn't want to be called Mexicans since they're still pretty discriminated in the soutwest. The Hispanic label evolved from the more accurate Spanish-Speaking label (circa 1970). But we live in the country of JLo and Arod. Spanish-Speaking had too many damn syllables. Ergo, Hispanic.

I agree with you a hundred percent. Everyone should be proud of where they came from and not consent to having their identity mashed in a blender to ease the burden of deriving separate statistics for each nationality.

American 101
American 101

High and mighty fighting on the other side of the ocean! Pendejos estupidos es lo que son! If you want to be CUBAN take your ass to CUBA!

American 101
American 101

Madmeg617 - you get online to run your mouth but there's no brains behind your words. You're a fool!

American 101
American 101

You were offended by something...if u agreed with anything in this article then your the ignorant ass. Funny is.....you think i'm "Gringo" There is nothing relevant in your words. All you're doing is talking shit. Nothing real to say! You're beneath me! I will not give you the satisfaction of responding to your ignorance after this statement. IGNORANCE really is Bliss! You have no clue on how to even have an intelligent argument. Not worth anymore of my time.

UNIVERSALLVR773
UNIVERSALLVR773

like all products made like that.....   DEFECT!!!!!!!!!

Chanel Dearmas
Chanel Dearmas

Can't agree with you more. Moving to Atlanta , Georgia made me really appreciate my heritage as a Cuban American. What is considered to be an "accent" to the folks in Ga, is just the way we were taught to annunciate our words because of Our beloved tounge, "Spanglish". I have concluded, the reason why the majority of the Cuban-American population today is as driven as noted; it is simply because Our parents taught the majority of us that there is no other way. We move with purpose. "El detalle" is in our blood. Being that We are such a passionate body, we can not help but bring the noise about what our blood boils for. Thus, leading us to shine. -Cubanita In The Sticks

American 101
American 101

"IGNORANT Cuban population. Now if you are offended by that statement then you fall into it." You proved my point! IGNORANT! Pendejo estupido! You have no valid comment!  As stated before....get on the sinking boat!

Luisvalle1
Luisvalle1

Funny how this article has nothing to do with why many non Cubans as well as many Cubans  in Miami were pissed off at you.  You come off as arrogant!!!!!!!!!!!!!  You come off as if Cuban Americans are something so much more special than any other Hispanic, Latino or whatever your superbly educated Cuban American A$$ want to be.  The pot Clanging loud mouth Miami Cuban is a fast dying breed!.  "If you are Cuban you probably don't understand what it is to be a hispanic in this country!"  Does that last statement piss you off.  Cause it should!  It is the same thing as being offended because someone mistakes you for Mexican.  Growing up in Miami People like Pepe Billette are a dime a dozen.  They are satisfied with stroking the ego of their own group yet keeping themselves isolated an uneducated from the outside world.  In the end you end up looking like Tony Montana.  A low life who made some quick money and doesn't know how to act.  Don't make Cuban Americans in Miami out to be Tony Montana.  Real souls like Jose Marti fought way to hard for this travesty!!!!!!

CarlosMiller
CarlosMiller

So Pepito, first you were comiendo mierda and now you're comiendo sus palabras?

Rphl
Rphl

i'm mexican american and i find this article offensive as hell

Olga Fraga
Olga Fraga

The bond of being Cuban or Cuban-American knows no boundaries.  Back in 2003, under the most random circumstances (hilarious story, and I will happily 'splain to interested folks, but it's rather long), I met the members  Los Van Van, a salsa band from Cuba (none too popular here in Miami) in London.  They embraced (literally, "besos y abrazos") me "como si fuera hermana."  They "carinosamente" called me "La Cubanita de Miami" and invited me to their concert.  The music was amazing, but the most amazing part to me was that there were literally hundreds of Cuban flags, of every size imaginable, being waved by the standing-room only crowd, (obviously brought by the fans themselves), even in the balconies!  "Me emocione."  In London, England, in an old, historic theater, I, Cubana born in the states, never felt more patriotic for the land I have never known!

Vanessa Cordero001
Vanessa Cordero001

Great job! I read all your articles! Love them and by the way... I am Cuban AND Colombian American! Raised in the 305!

Wfbrownjr
Wfbrownjr

Pepe Se ve que eres un hombre inteligente y que tienes una excelente capacidad y oportunidad para escribir. Como cubano-americano igual que tu me averguenza tu forma tan baja e indecente en que escribes, utilizando malas palabras y groserias. El hacer eso te resta respeto y nos pones a los otros cubano-americanos, latinos o hispanos en una cloaca, como si fuesemos una clase baja

Carlos
Carlos

Ahora si te la comiste!

 Champu de Cariño
Champu de Cariño

No me digas Hispano....soy Cubano! Made in America with Cuban parts....

Javier_pvn
Javier_pvn

Gracias Pepe, I am Honduren and I know you got Love for all of us here in Miami ... Dale keep up the good work !!!!

Manny Reyes
Manny Reyes

Pepe after living in Miami all my life I  moved to San Francisco.   San Francisco like Miami is an international city with people from all over the world but I tell you what I like about this city so much  Everyone speaks English.  I know some of you Miamians are going to say que soy un arrepentido, pero that's not the case,  I speak perfect Espanol and I'm proud of my background. Y me roncan los cojenes when I think of people back home que no hablan un pito de Ingles despues de  estar en la Yuma por 100 years.  From the Mexican working at a restaurant to the chino making lo mein everyone speaks English. What are your thoughts on that?

Kendallkat
Kendallkat

a skinny lil coke head gets a little bit of fame.. and look at la MIERDA he writes!!  Cubans are soo great... cant you tell by how hialeah has progressed and flourished.

MadeInUSAwithQbanParts
MadeInUSAwithQbanParts

You are touching a very sensitive subject, which in fact is an objective point of view from your part that you know nothing about. If we had the power to free our people trust me, we would. Shes right, the NON Cuban readers of the last article only got what thu wanted to get out of the article which is the same thing he wrote about this week, only this week he included other nationalities so it's ok NOW? Because its not about the Cubans? Her point was by saying that, was that you guys didn't look at the bigger picture and the general message Pepe was trying to convey. You just focused on the fact e used Cubans as an example! Who the fuck is he going to use as an example if it's not his own heritage?

Kendallkat
Kendallkat

a skinny lil coke head gets a little bit of fame.. and look at la MIERDA he writes!!  Cubans are soo great... cant you tell by how hialeah has progressed and flourished.

gaby
gaby

where are the links?

P$
P$

Glad you enjoyed them pipo. What bothers me is how the term is slowly starting to turn into a racial moniker. I believe that is a direct result of allowing people to use the terms to describe spanish speaking people so broadly. Click on the links where i describe the news reports and read that shit. Its fucking disgusting. 

Texican
Texican

Hispanic according to the OED means "of or relating to Spain".  If you do research on each spanish speaking country, with the exception of Spain, you'll find that Spain populated all of these to some extent.  Otherwise, we'd all be speaking the native language of the region. To think that we all don't have some Spanish blood in us, well, I think that's stretching it a bit. I know I am Mexican.  I was also born and raised American.  However, I also know that my roots come from Spain.   I don't mind the term hispanic because I know the lineage of the Mexican people. Techinically I am half Zapotec and half Purépecha.  Should I be insulted that people call me Mexican? When someone who is (insert nationality) asks me where I am from, I know what they are asking (I'm brown skinned so it's pretty obvious what they want to know).  Why does it matter to them?  Are they curious?  Who cares.  My reply is always this.  I'm Texan.  This always raises the eyebrows but when they ask again, I say "Oh you mean, where are my parents from? Ah, well they are from Mexico but I was born in the United States".   Using the term to cover a wide rang of people like us, again, not an issue for me. Oh, and for the record, all of my friends call me a Texican.  Pretty much sums me up. Regarding this article and the previous one, loved them both.

Universallvr7
Universallvr7

I guess its like calling mexicans wetbacks, it took them just the river to cross. what did cubans have to cross?

Pedro Sarmiento
Pedro Sarmiento

You should have started with this first. And no he did not start with this first otherwise so many people wouldn't have been saying the same thing. Good Job, Good Effort. lol.

P$
P$

LOL, bueno chico, que te voy a decir there is plenty of culo, teta y jodedera en mi twitter y youtube channel. Tirate pa ya entonces. Dale!

Sono Mataumo
Sono Mataumo

a Pepe Billete hay que darle menos café Bustelo y panCONlechón ... alabao, está volao, pero en esta estoy con él...

Yani5
Yani5

american 101. Were should you take yours? 

Yani5
Yani5

But you just replied? No? 

 

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