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    9 Misconceptions About Latinos In The United States

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    1. Misconception: Latinos = Mexican.

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    Reality: Latinos come from LOTS of countries...

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    Nearly 65% of Latinos in the U.S. are Mexican, but the rest come from countries such as Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay, El Salvador, Panama, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, the list goes on...

    2. Misconception: Latinos look the same.

    I feel like I see 10 Latinos at my school that just all look like the exact same person

    Dr.HowieFeltersnatch@clossbrendonFollow

    I feel like I see 10 Latinos at my school that just all look like the exact same person

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    Reality: Latinos are brown, black, white, and everything in between.

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    3. Misconception: All Latinos in the U.S. are immigrants.

    Reality: Some Latino families have been in the U.S. for decades.

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    A large number of Cubans in the United States are political refugees. Puerto Ricans who live in the United States are U.S. citizens. The U.S.-born children of Latino immigrants aren't immigrants.

    And you know, there are some families who've been around since the 1800s, when the Southwest was Mexico.

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    They didn't cross the border. The border crossed them.

    4. Misconception: All undocumented immigrants are Latino.

    Reality: Nearly 20% of undocumented immigrants are from Asia, Europe, Africa, and Canada.

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    Yes, a large percentage of immigrants are from Mexico and Latin America. But according to a Pew Hispanic report, 9% of undocumented immigrants are from Asia, 6% are from Europe and Canada, and 3% are from countries in Africa.

    5. Misconception: All Latinos speak Spanish.

    Reality: Lots of Latinos speak Spanish, but not all.

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    Brazilians speak Portuguese. There are also plenty of Latinos who didn't grow up speaking Spanish or get a chance to learn. And don't forget about the Latinos in the Southwest who have been speaking English for GENERATIONS.

    6. Misconception: All Latinos are Catholic.

    Reality: There are Catholic Latinos, Jewish Latinos, Mormon Latinos, Protestant Latinos...

    Mexican w/ Russian Jewish, Spanish & Italian roots. A check box doesn't define us #ThisIsWhatLatinosLookLike

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    Mexican w/ Russian Jewish, Spanish & Italian roots. A check box doesn't define us #ThisIsWhatLatinosLookLike

    11:11 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    According to Pew's Religion and Public Life Project, an estimated 55% of Latinos in the U.S. are Catholic. Protestants make up 22% and 18% are not affiliated with a specific religion.

    7. Misconception: Spanish people = Latinos in the U.S.

    Jennifer Lopez is soooooooooooo fine she the only Spanish girl that aged right

    Zaya The Prophet ™@InZayaWeTrustFollow

    Jennifer Lopez is soooooooooooo fine she the only Spanish girl that aged right

    9:48 PM - 28 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Reality: Spanish people are from Spain.

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    That country in Europe.

    8. Misconception: Mexicans speak “Mexican.”

    Reality: Mexicans speak Spanish, not "Mexican."

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    Americans don't speak American, do they? They speak English.

    9. Misconception: "You guys are spicy Latin lovers who are great salsa dancers, right?"

    Reality: NO.

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