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IS IT LATINO OR HISPANIC? PROF. ERNESTO SAGAS SHARES HIS THOUGHTS

By Kathryn Marchoki, Union Leader Staff

Cuban native Anna Tomeu Lopez has cousins who are blue-eyed and blonde.

So it bothered her when census forms and other official documents gave her one option to describe herself: Hispanic.

"What really ticked me off is they say they consider Hispanic a race and it is not," Lopez, 46, said.

"There are many Hispanics who are white, like I’m white," said Lopez, a member of the New Hampshire Immigrant Rights Task Force and Latinos Unidos de New Hampshire.

"I would rather be called Latina," she added.

So would Taina C. Cruzado, 31, who grew up in Hartford, Conn., and is of Puerto Rican descent.

"I feel more Latino. Latino to me is how I feel about my ethnicity," she said.

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