A Celebration of Diversity: Hispanic Americans



America has always been a melting pot of cultures. This has been Americas strength. Diversity is another blessing of God given to us yet it is abused and mocked by humanity in general.

Currently we live in a sad time where our government has chosen to resist and ridicule this great blessing. This must be changed and reversed.

We now have a moment of clarity in which we all can learn, forgive, and change our own thinking and behavior, and help change society to acknowledge and honor those different than us.

Let us not waste this time! God the Father, Christ Jesus and the person of The Holy Spirit are at work in US and the world around us. We should pray and worship with renewed vigor and commitment.

What does the term Hispanic Culture refer to? Before I explain what Hispanic or Latino culture is let me define culture.

Culture comes from the Latin culture and means to cultivate.

The term culture has different meanings, but it is generally used to refer to the set of values, standards, beliefs, art, music, and practices shared by a group.

The term Hispanic was originally used to indicate a relationship to ancient Hispania, the Roman name of the Iberian Peninsula.

In modern times more specifically in the United States, the term is used to describe the culture and people from Spanish-speaking, Latin American countries such as Mexico, Central and South America, and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries are referred to as Hispanic America.

The term Hispanic was adopted by the US government for the 1970 Census. It was used to identify people living in the United States who are of Latin American descent.

Is Latino the same as Hispanic?

In the United States, both terms are used interchangeably as both words refer to fairly the same ethnic group. Latino, short for Latino americano (Latin American in Spanish), is used to denote people of Latin American origin. Hispanic refers to the people of Spanish-speaking countries.

Let us celebrate the beauty and culture of our Latino American neighbors and honor their heritage as a gift from God!!

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