Spaniards are Hispanic — they started it
By Roger Hernandez
A guy named Rocco Luiere just found out he is not Hispanic after spending his life thinking he was. The poor, misguided gentleman was corrected by the New York state government. He was told it doesn’t matter that his maternal grandparents came from Spain, where all things Hispanic originate.
Countries like Mexico or Peru retain some of their pre-Columbian cultures. Around the Caribbean, Africa is part of the mix. In the United States, Spanish-speaking immigrants become Americanized as years go by. Yet those diverse people of different races all have in common a cultural and linguistic legacy with roots in Spain.
That is why Spaniards are indeed Hispanic — they started it.