A term with origins centrally rooted in the word Hispano (A person from — or whose ancestors were from — a Spanish-speaking land or culture), then adapted by a government committee, which was first used for the 1970 census. Follow the person’s preference. Use Latino, Latina or Latinx when in doubt. Use a more specific identification when possible, such as Cuban, Puerto Rican or Mexican American. Don’t assume. Use Hispanic only when referencing research, policy and/or government reporting. See Latino, Latina.

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