The term Latinx refers to people who originate from the geographical region known as Latin America. Historically, Latinx civilization extended north from South America into Mexico and eventually the southeastern United States, where it blended with indigenous American cultures. Latinx is often confused with Hispanic and conflated into one monochromatic group of people. Hispanic refers to people of Spanish-speaking origin. For example, Brazil is a part of Latin America, so Brazilians are Latinx, but Brazil’s official language is Portuguese, so they are not Hispanic. A person may be Hispanic but not Latinx or Latinx but not Hispanic.
Latin America involves many countries and nationalities that may share commonalities, but there is a wide diversity in skin colors. Latinx people are not one single race. They have had many influences, including Spanish colonialism, African slavery, and Native American culture.
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