Deconstructing stereotypes surrounding Latinos

Now, Arana has written a new book that deconstructs some of the most pervasive stereotypes surrounding Latinos. The book is called “Latinoland: A Portrait of America’s Largest and Least Understood Minority.” The book is driven by a single question: How can we move past what is considered to be Latino 101? “This book is about Latinos,” WISH-TV contributor Gloria Jimenez said. “We’ve been growing the community.” Jiminez described the stereotypes. “One,” she said, “is that all Latinos are recent arrivals (to the United States). We’ve been here forever.” “When Latinos move to Florida, most people think they are Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans,” she said of another common misnomer. “In California, they think Latinos (are) Mexicans.”


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