TerminologyThe terms " " and " " refer to an . The defines being Latino as being a member of an ethnicity, rather than being a member of a particular race and thus, people who are members of this group may be members of any race.Ana Gonzales-Barrera & Mark Hugo Lopez
16th and 17th centuriesSpanish explorers were pioneers in the territory of the present-day United States. The first confirmed European landing in the continental United States was by , who landed in 1513 at a lush shore he christened '' ''. In the next three decades, the Spanish became the first Europeans to reach the , the , the and the . Spanish ships sailed along the , penetrating to present-day , and up the Pacific Coast as far as . From 1528 to 1536, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and three fellows (including an African named ), from a Spanish expedition that foundered, journeyed from Florida to the . In 1540, undertook an extensive exploration of the present United States. That same year led 2,000 Spaniards and Mexican natives across today's –Mexico border and traveled as far as central , close to the exact geographic center of what is now the continental United States. Other Spanish explorers of the US territory include, among others: Alonso Alvarez de Pineda, , , , , , Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, and , and non-Spanish explorers working for the Spanish Crown, such as . In 1565, the Spanish created the first permanent European settlement in the continental United States, at . Spanish missionaries and colonists founded settlements in , , , , Albuquerque, , and , to name a few.
18th and 19th centuriesAs late as 1783, at the end of the (a conflict in which Spain aided and fought alongside the rebels), Spain held claim to roughly half the territory of today's continental United States. From 1819 to 1848, the United States (through treaties, purchase, diplomacy, and the ) increased its area by roughly a third at Spanish and Mexican expense, acquiring its three currently most populous states— , and .. Many Latino natives lived in the areas that the United States acquired, and a new wave of Mexican, Central American, Caribbean, and South American immigrants had moved to the United States for new opportunities. This was the beginning of a demographic that would rise dramatically over the years.Gutiérrez, David G. "An Historic Overview of Latino Immigration and the Demographic Transformation of the United States." National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, www.nps.gov/heritageinitiatives/latino/latinothemestudy/immigration.htm.
20th and 21st centuriesDuring the 20th and 21st centuries, Latino immigration to the United States increased markedly following changes to the in 1965. During the World Wars, Latino Americans and immigrants had helped stabilize the American economy from falling due to the industrial boom in the Midwest in states such as Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. While a percentage of Americans had fled their jobs for the war, Latinos had taken their jobs in the Industrial world. This can explain why there is such a high concentration of Latino Americans in Metro Areas such as the Chicago-Elgin-Naperville, Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, and Cleveland-Elyria areas. Latino contributions in the historical past and present of the United States are addressed in more detail below (See Notables and their contributions). To recognize the current and historic contributions of Latino Americans, on September 17, 1968, President designated a week in mid-September as National Hispanic Heritage Week, with 's authorization. In 1988, President extended the observance to a month, designated . Latino Americans became the largest minority group in 2004.
DemographicsAs of 2017, Latinos accounted for 18% of the US population, or almost 59 million people. The Latino growth rate over the April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007, period was 28.7%—about four times the rate of the nation's total population growth (at 7.2%). The growth rate from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2006, alone was 3.4%—about three and a half times the rate of the nation's total population growth (at 1.0%). Based on the 2010 census, Latinos are now the largest minority group in 191 out of 366 metropolitan areas in the United States. The projected Latino population of the United States for July 1, 2050 is 132.8 million people, or 30.2% of the nation's total projected population on that date.
Geographic distributionUS Metropolitan Statistical Areas with over 1 million Latinos (2014) States and territories with the highest proportion of Latinos (2010) Of the nation's total Latino population, 49% (21.5 million) live in or . Over half of the Latino population is concentrated in the region, mostly composed of Mexican Americans. and have some of the largest populations of Mexicans and Central American Latinos in the United States. The region is dominated by and , having the highest concentrations of both in the country. In the Mid Atlantic region, centered on the DC Metro Area, Salvadoran Americans are the largest of Latino groups. is dominated by Cuban Americans and Puerto Ricans. In both the Great Lakes States and the South Atlantic States, Mexicans and Puerto Ricans dominate. Mexicans dominate in the rest of the country, including the Western United States, South Central United States and states.
National originAs of 2018, approximately 62% of the nation's Latino population were of Mexican origin (see table). Another 9.6% were of Puerto Rican origin, with about 3.9% each of Cuban Americans, Cuban and Salvadoran Americans, Salvadoran and 3.4% Dominican Americans, Dominican origins. The remainder were of other Central American or of South American origin, or of origin directly from Spain. Two thirds of all Hispanic and Latino Americans were born in the United States. There are few immigrants directly from Spain, since Spaniards have historically emigrated to Latin America rather than to English-speaking countries. Because of this, most Latinos who identify themselves as ''Spaniard'' or ''Spanish'' also identify with Latin American national origin. In the 2017 Census estimate approximately 1.3 million Americans reported some form of "Spanish" as their ancestry, whether directly from Spain or not. In northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, there is a large portion of Latinos who trace their ancestry to Spanish settlers of the late 16th century through the 17th century. People from this background often self-identify as "Hispanos", "Spanish" or "Hispanic". Many of these settlers also intermarried with local Native Americans, creating a population. Likewise, southern Louisiana is home to communities of people of Canary Islands descent, known as Isleños, in addition to other people of Spanish ancestry. Chicanos, Californios, Hispanos of New Mexico, Nuevomexicanos and Tejanos are Americans of Spanish Americans, Spanish and/or Mexican Americans, Mexican descent. Chicanos live in the , Nuevomexicanos in New Mexico and Tejanos in . Nuevomexicanos and Tejanos are distinct cultures with their own cuisines, dialects and musical traditions. The term "Chicano" became popular amongst Mexican Americans in the 1960s during the Chicano nationalism and Chicano Movement, and is today seen as an ethnic and cultural identity by some. Political activist César Chávez and novelist José Antonio Villarreal are famous Chicanos. Nuyoricans are Americans of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican descent from the New York City area. There are close to two million Nuyoricans in the United States. Famous Nuyoricans include Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, US Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor and singer Jennifer Lopez.
RaceLatinos come from multi-racial and multi-ethnic countries with diversity of origins; therefore, a Latino can be from any race or mix of it. The often most common ancestries are: Indigenous from the Americas (Native-Americans), African, and European. Therefore, most Latinos have mixed ancestry of different combinations and ratios, although non-mixed Latinos of each race also exist in varied amounts on each country. Latino origin is independent of race and is termed "ethnicity" by the United States Census Bureau. Depending on the regions within Latin America, a significant proportion of Latinos have high to moderate levels of colonial-era Sub-Saharan African input through the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. But also as a result from Europeans of Mixed race by way of the North African Moorish Muslim occupation of Iberia intermixing their genes into the population. Similarly to Spaniards, Portuguese, English, German and many other European nations over the centuries, many Latin Americans also possess colonial era New Christian Sephardic Jewish ancestry. To a lesser extent other Latin Americans possess at least partial ancestry of more recent post-colonial ancestry from Ashkenazi Jews, Levantine Arabs (Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian), as well as Chinese and Japanese among others. Thus, as a whole, Latin Americans are a multiracial population, with degrees of admixture levels that vary from person to person, from varying global genetic sources. On the 2020 United States census, 20.3% of Hispanics or Latinos identified selected "white" as their race. These white Latinos make up 12,579,626 people or 3.8% of the population. The largest numbers of those who consider themselves White Hispanic and Latino Americans come from within the Mexican Americans, Mexican, Stateside Puerto Ricans, Puerto Rican, Cuban Americans, Cuban, Salvadoran Americans, Salvadorans, Spanish Americans, Spanish and Argentine Americans, Argentines communities. Over 42% of Latino Americans identify as "Race and ethnicity in the United States#Some other race, some other race". These "some other race" Latinos are usually assumed to be Mestizos or Mulattos. A significant percentage of the Latino population self-identifies as , particularly the Mexican and Central American community. is not a Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, racial category in the U.S. Census, but signifies someone who is conscious of their Native American and European ancestry. Of all Americans who checked the box "Some Other Race", 97 percent were Hispanic. Almost one-third of the multi-race respondents were Latinos. Most of the multi-racial population in the Mexican, Salvadoran, and Guatemalan communities are of mixed European and Native American ancestry ( The race and culture of each Hispanic/Latino country and their United States diaspora differs by history and geography. Persons of Mexican heritage represent the bulk of the US Latino population. Most Mexican Americans already with a multi-generational presence in the USA predating the 1970s are of predominantly European origin, while most recent Mexican Americans that have migrated or descend from migrants to the United States post-1980s are of predominantly Native American descent with varying levels of European admixture. Official sources report that the racial makeup of Latino subgroups from the countries Brazil, Uruguay, Cuba and Chile, have the highest proportion, for their respective countries, of Latinos in the US self-identifying as white – though in raw numbers the highest number of white Latinos in the United States are Mexican Americans. As a result of their racial diversity, Latinos form an Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, ethnicity sharing a language ( and Portuguese language, Portuguese) and cultural heritage, rather than a Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, race. The phenomenon of biracial people who are predominantly of European descent identifying as white is not limited to Latinos or Spanish speakers but is also common among English speakers as well: researchers found that most white Americans with less than 28 percent African-American ancestry say they are white; above that threshold, people tended to describe themselves as African-American.
AgeAs of 2014, one third, or 17.9 million, of the Latino population was younger than 18 and a quarter, 14.6 million, were Millennials. This makes them more than half of the Latino population within the United States.
Latino K–12 educationWith the increasing Latino population in the United States, Latinos have had a considerable impact on the K–12 system. In 2011–12, Latinos comprised 24% of all enrollments in the United States, including 52% and 51% of enrollment in California and Texas, respectively.Santiago, D., Galdeano, E. C., & Taylor, M. (2015). The Condition of Latinos in Education: 2015 Factbook. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(02)77934-8 Further research shows the Latino population will continue to grow in the United States, implicating that more Latinos will populate U.S schools. The state of Latino education shows some promise. First, Latino students attending pre-K or kindergarten were more likely to attend full-day programs. Second, Latinos in elementary education were the second largest group represented in gifted and talented programs. Third, Latinos' average National Assessment of Educational Progress, NAEP math and reading scores have consistently increased over the last 10 years. Finally, Latinos were more likely than other groups, including whites, to go to college. However, their academic achievement in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education lag behind other groups. For instance, their average math and reading National Assessment of Educational Progress, NAEP scores were lower than every other group, except African Americans, and have the highest dropout rate of any group, 13% despite decreasing from 24%. To explain these disparities, some scholars have suggested there is a Latino "Education Crisis" due to failed school and social policies. To this end, scholars have further offered several potential reasons including language barriers, poverty, and immigrant/nativity status resulting in Latinos not performing well academically.
English language learnersCurrently, Latino students make up 80% of English-language learner, English language learners in the United States. In 2008–2009, 5.3 million students were classified as English Language Learners (ELLs) in pre-K to 12th grade. This is a result of many students entering the education system at different ages, although the majority of ELLs are not foreign born. In order to provide English instruction for Latino students there have been a multitude of English Language programs. However, the great majority of these programs are English Immersion, which arguably undermines the students' culture and knowledge of their primary language. As such, there continues to be great debate within schools as to which program can address these language disparities.
Immigration statusUndocumented immigrants have not always had access to compulsory education in the United States. However, since the landmark Supreme Court case ''Plyler v. Doe'' in 1982, immigrants have received access to K-12 education. This significantly impacted all immigrant groups, including Latinos. However, their academic achievement is dependent upon several factors including, but not limited to time of arrival and schooling in country of origin. Moreover, Latinos' immigration/nativity status plays a major role regarding their academic achievement. For instance, first- and second- generation Latinos outperform their later generational counterparts. Additionally, their aspirations appear to decrease as well. This has major implications on their postsecondary futures.
Latino higher educationThose with a bachelor's degree or higher ranges from 50% of Venezuelans compared to 18% for Ecuadorians 25 years and older. Amongst the largest Latino groups, those with a bachelor's or higher was 25% for Cuban Americans, 16% of Puerto Ricans, 15% of Dominicans, and 11% for Mexican Americans. Over 21% of all second-generation Dominican Americans have college degrees, slightly below the national average (28%) but significantly higher than U.S.-born Mexican Americans (13%) and U.S.-born Puerto Rican Americans (12%). Latinos make up the second or third largest ethnic group in Ivy League universities, considered to be the most prestigious in the United States. Latino enrollment at Ivy League universities has gradually increased over the years. Today, Latinos make up between 8% of students at Yale University to 15% at Columbia University. For example, 18% of students in the Harvard University Class of 2018 are Latino. Latinos have significant enrollment in many other top universities such as University of Texas at El Paso (70% of students), Florida International University (63%), University of Miami (27%), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA and University of California, Berkeley, UC-Berkeley at 15% each. At Stanford University, Latinos are the third largest ethnic group behind non-Latino whites and Asians, at 18% of the student population.
Latino university enrollmentsWhile Latinos study in colleges and universities throughout the country, some choose to attend federally-designated Hispanic-serving institutions, institutions that are accredited, degree-granting, public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education with 25 percent or more total undergraduate Latino full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment. There are over 270 institutions of higher education that have been designated as an HSI.
LongevityAs of 2016, life expectancy for Latino Americans is 81.8 years, which is higher than the life expectancy for non-Latino white Americans (78.6 years). Research on the "Latino paradox"—the well-established apparent mortality advantage of Latino Americans compared to non-Latino white Americans, despite the latter's more advantaged socioeconomic status—has been principally explained by "(1) health-related migration to and from the US; and (2) social and cultural protection mechanisms, such as maintenance of healthy lifestyles and behaviors adopted in the countries of origin, and availability of extensive social networks in the US."Noreen Goldman
HealthcareAs of 2017, about 19% of Latino Americans Health insurance coverage in the United States, lack health insurance coverage, which is the highest of all ethnic groups except for Indigenous Americans and Alaska Natives. In terms of extending health coverage, Latinos benefited the most among U.S. ethnic groups from the Affordable Care Act (ACA); among non-elderly Latinos, the uninsured rate declined from 26.7% in 2013 to 14.2% in 2017. Among the population of non-elderly uninsured Latino population in 2017, about 53% were non-citizens, about 39% were U.S.-born citizens, and about 9% were naturalized citizens. (The ACA does not help undocumented immigrants or legal immigrants with less than five years' residence in the United States gain coverage). According to a 2013 study, Mexican women have the highest uninsured rate (54.6%) as compared to other immigrants (26.2%), black (22.5%) and non-Latino white (13.9%).de Leon Siantz, M. L., Castaneda, X., Benavente, V., Peart, T., & Felt, E. (2013). The health status of Latino immigrant women in the United States and future health policy implication of the affordable care act. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2(5), 70-74. According to the study, Mexican women are the largest female immigrant group in the United States and are also the most at risk for developing preventable health conditions.de Leon Siantz, M. L., Castaneda, X., Benavente, V., Peart, T., & Felt, E. (2013). The health status of latino immigrant women in the United States and future health policy implication of the affordable care act. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2(5), 70-74. Multiple factors such as limited access to health care, legal status and income increase the risk of developing preventable health conditions because many undocumented immigrants postpone routine visits to the doctor until they become seriously ill.
Family separationSome families who are in the process of illegally crossing borders can suffer being caught and separated by border patrol agents. Migrants are also in danger of separation if they do not bring sufficient resources such as water for all members to continue crossing. Once illegal migrants have arrived to the new country, they may fear workplace raids where illegal immigrants are detained and deported. Family separation puts U.S born children, undocumented children and their illegal immigrant parents at risk for depression and family maladaptive syndrome. The effects are often long-term and the impact extends to the community level. Children may experience emotional traumas and long-term changes in behaviors. Additionally, when parents are forcefully removed, children often develop feelings of abandonment and they might blame themselves for what has happened to their family. Some children that are victims to illegal border crossings that result in family separation believe in the possibility of never seeing their parents again. These effects can cause negative parent-child attachment. Reunification may be difficult because of immigration laws and re-entry restrictions which further affect the mental health of children and parents. Parents who leave their home country also experience negative mental health experiences. According to a study published in 2013, 46% of Mexican migrant men who participated in the study reported elevated levels of depressive symptoms.Letiecq, B., L., Grzywacz, J., G., Gray, K., M., Eudave, Y., M.(2014). Depression among Mexican men on the migration frontier: the role of family separation and other structural and situational stressors. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 16, 1193–1200 In recent years, the length of stay for migrants has increased, from 3 years to nearly a decade. Migrants who were separated from their families, either married or single, experienced greater depression than married men accompanied by their spouses. Furthermore, the study also revealed that men who are separated from their families are more prone to harsher living conditions such as overcrowded housing and are under a greater deal of pressure to send remittance to support their families. These conditions put additional stress on the migrants and often worsen their depression. Families who migrated together experience better living conditions, receive emotional encouragement and motivation from each other, and share a sense of solidarity. They are also more likely to successfully navigate the employment and health care systems in the new country, and are not pressured to send remittances back home.
DiscriminationIt is reported that 31% of Latinos have reported personal experiences with discrimination whilst 82% of Latinos believe that discrimination plays a crucial role in whether or not they will find success while they are living in the United States.Torres, S., A., Santiago, C., D., Walts, K., K., Richards, M., H. (2018). Immigration policy, practices and procedures: the impact on the mental health of Mexican and central American youth and families. American Psychologist, 1-12. The current legislation on immigration policies also plays a crucial role in creating a hostile and discriminatory environment for immigrants. In order to measure the discrimination which immigrants are being subjected to, researchers must take into account the immigrants' perception that they are being targeted for discrimination and they must also be aware that instances of discrimination can also vary based on: personal experiences, social attitudes and ethnic group barriers. The immigrant experience is associated with lower self-esteem, internalized symptoms and behavioral problems amongst Mexican youth. It is also known that more time which is spent living in the United States is associated with increased feelings of distress, Depression (mood), depression and anxiety. Like many other Latin American groups that migrate to the United States, these groups are often stigmatized. An example of this stigmatization occurred after September 11 attacks, 9/11, when people who were considered threats to national security were frequently described with terms like migrant and the "Latino Other" along with other terms like refugee and asylum seeker.
VulnerabilitiesThe Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 significantly changed how the United States dealt with immigration. Under this new law, immigrants who overstayed their visas or were found to be in the United States illegally were subject to be detained and/or deported without legal representation. Immigrants who broke these laws may not be allowed back into the country. Similarly, this law made it more difficult for other immigrants who want to enter the U.S or gain legal status. These laws also expanded the types of offenses that can be considered worthy of deportation for documented immigrants.Torres, S., A., Santiago, C., D., Walts, K., K., Richards, M., H.(2018). Immigration policy, practices and procedures: the impact on the mental health of Mexican and central American youth and families. American Psychologist, 1-12. Policies enacted by future presidents further limit the number of immigrants entering the country and their expedited removal. Many illegal immigrant families cannot enjoy doing everyday activities without exercising caution because they fear encountering immigration officers which limits their involvement in community events. Undocumented families also do not trust government institutions and services. Because of their fear of encountering immigration officers, illegal immigrants often feel ostracized and isolated which can lead to the development of mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. The harmful effects of being ostracized from the rest of society are not limited to just that of undocumented immigrants but it affects the entire family even if some of the members are of legal status. Children often reported having been victims of bullying in school by classmates because their parents are undocumented. This can cause them to feel isolated and develop a sense of inferiority which can negatively impact their academic performance.
StressDespite the struggles Latino families encounter, they have found ways to keep motivated. Many immigrants use religion as a source of motivation. Mexican immigrants believed that the difficulties they face are a part of God's bigger plan and believe their life will get better in the end. They kept their faith strong and pray every day, hoping that God will keep their families safe.Hinojos, B.(2013). Stressors and Coping Strategies of Undocumented Latinos in Therapy. Public Access Theses and Dissertations from the College of Education and Human Sciences. Retrieved from: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1189&context=cehsdiss Immigrants participate in church services and bond with other immigrants that share the same experiences. Undocumented Latinos also find support from friends, family and the community that serve as coping mechanisms. Some Latinos state that their children are the reason they have the strength to keep on going. They want their children to have a future and give them things they aren't able to have themselves. The community is able to provide certain resources that immigrant families need such as tutoring for their children, financial assistance and counseling services. Some identified that maintaining a positive mental attitude helped them cope with the stresses they experience. Many immigrants refuse to live their life in constant fear which leads to depression in order to enjoy life in the United States. Since many immigrants have unstable sources of income, many plan ahead in order to prevent future financial stress. They put money aside and find ways to save money instead of spend it such as learning to fix appliances themselves.
PovertyMany Latino families migrate to find better economic opportunities in order to send remittances back home. Being undocumented limits the possibilities of jobs that immigrants undertake and many struggle to find a stable job. Many Latinos report that companies turned them down because they do not have a Social Security number. If they are able to obtain a job, immigrants risk losing it if their employer finds out they are unable to provide proof of residency or citizenship. Many look towards agencies that do not ask for identification, but those jobs are often unreliable. In order to prevent themselves from being detained and deported, many have to work under exploitation. In a study, a participant reported "If someone knows that you don't have the papers. . .that person is a danger. Many people will con them. . . if they know you don't have the papers, with everything they say 'hey I'm going to call immigration on you.'". These conditions lower the income that Latino families bring to their household and some find living each day very difficult. When an undocumented parent is deported or detained, income will be lowered significantly if the other parent also supports the family financially. The parent who is left has to look after the family and might find working difficult to manage along with other responsibilities. Even if families aren't separated, Latinos are constantly living in fear that they will lose their economic footing. Living in poverty has been linked to depression, low self-esteem, loneliness, crime activities and frequent drug use among youth. Families with low incomes are unable to afford adequate housing and some of them are evicted. The environment in which the children of undocumented immigrants grow up in is often composed of poor air quality, noise, and toxins which prevent healthy development. Furthermore, these neighborhoods are prone to violence and gang activities, forcing the families to live in constant fear which can contribute to the development of PTSD, aggression and depression.
Median incomeIn 2017, the US Census reported the median household incomes of Latino Americans to be $50,486. This is the third consecutive annual increase in median household income for Latino-origin households.https://census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2018/demo/p60-263.pdf
PovertyAccording to the United States Census, US Census, the poverty threshold, poverty rate Latinos was 18.3 percent in 2017, down from 19.4 percent in 2016. Latinos accounted for 10.8 million individuals in poverty. In comparison, the average poverty rates in 2017 for non-Latino white Americans was 8.7 percent with 17 million individuals in poverty, Asian Americans was 10.0 percent with 2 million individuals in poverty, and African Americans was 21.2 percent with 9 million individuals in poverty. Among the largest Latino groups during 2015 was: Honduran Americans & Dominican Americans (27%), Guatemalan Americans (26%), Puerto Ricans (24%), Mexican Americans (23%), Salvadoran Americans (20%), Cuban Americans and Venezuelan Americans (17%), Ecuadorian Americans (15%), Nicaraguan Americans (14%), Colombian Americans (13%), Argentinian Americans (11%) and Peruvian Americans (10%). Poverty affects many underrepresented students as racial/ethnic minorities tend to stay isolated within pockets of low-income communities. This results in several inequalities, such as "school offerings, teacher quality, curriculum, counseling and all manner of things that both keep students engaged in school and prepare them to graduate". In the case of Latinos, the poverty rate for Latino children in 2004 was 28.6 percent. Moreover, with this lack of resources, schools reproduce these inequalities for generations to come. In order to assuage poverty, many Latino families can turn to social and community services as resources.
Cultural mattersThe geographic, political, social, economic and racial diversity of Latino Americans makes all Latinos very different depending on their family heritage and/or national origin. Many times, there are many cultural similarities between Latinos from neighboring countries than from more distant countries, ie Spanish Caribbean, Southern Cone, Central America etc. Yet several features tend to unite Latinos from these diverse backgrounds.
SpanishAs one of the most important uniting factors of Latino Americans, is an important part of Latin American culture. Teaching Spanish to children is often one of the most valued skills taught amongst Latino families. Spanish is not only closely tied with the person's family, heritage, and overall culture, but valued for increased opportunities in business and one's future professional career. A 2013 Pew Research survey showed that 95% of Latinos adults said "it's important that future generations of Hispanics speak Spanish". Given the United States' proximity to other Latin America, Spanish-speaking countries, Spanish is being passed on to future American generations. Amongst second-generation Latinos, 80% speak fluent Spanish, and amongst third-generation Latinos, 40% speak fluent Spanish. Spanish is also the most popular language taught in the United States. Latinos have revived the Spanish language in the United States. First brought to North America by the Spanish during the Spanish colonial period in the 16th century, Spanish was the first European language spoken in the Americas. Spanish is the oldest European language in the United States, spoken uninterruptedly for four and a half centuries, since the founding of Saint Augustine, Florida in 1565. Today, 90% of all Hispanics and Latinos speak English, and at least 78% speak fluent Spanish. Additionally, 2.8 million non-Latino Americans also speak Spanish at home for a total of 41.1 million. With 40% of Latino Americans being immigrants, and with many of the 60% who are US-born being the children or grandchildren of immigrants, Multilingualism, bilingualism is the norm in the community at large. At home, at least 69% of all Latinos over the age of five are bilingual in English and Spanish, whereas up to 22% are monolingual English-speakers, and 9% are monolingual Spanish speakers. Another 0.4% speak a language other than English and Spanish at home. [There were 39.5 million Hispanic and Latino Americans aged 5 or more in 2006. 8.5 million of them, or 22%, spoke only English at home, and another 156,000, or 0.4%, spoke neither English nor Spanish at home. The other 30.8 million, or 78%, spoke Spanish at home. Of these, 3.7 million spoke no English, while the overwhelming majority, 27.2 million, did, at these levels: 15.5 million "very well", 5.8 million "well", and 5.9 million "not well". These 27.2 million bilingual speakers represented 69% of all (39.5 million) Hispanic and Latino Americans aged five or over in 2006, while the 3.7 million monolingual Spanish-speakers represented 9%.]
American Spanish dialectsThe Spanish dialects spoken in the United States differ depending on the country of origin of the person or the person's family heritage. However, generally, Spanish spoken in the is Mexican Spanish (or Chicano, Chicano Spanish). An old, colonial variety of Spanish is spoken by descendants of the early Spanish colonists in New Mexico and Colorado, which is New Mexican Spanish. One of the major distinctions of New Mexican Spanish is its heavy use of colonial vocabulary and verb tenses that make New Mexican Spanish uniquely American amongst Spanish dialects. The Spanish spoken in the is Caribbean Spanish and is heavily influenced by the Spanish of Cuban Spanish, Cuba, the Dominican Spanish, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rican Spanish, Puerto Rico. Canarian Spanish is the historic Spanish dialect spoken by the descendants of the earliest Spanish colonists beginning in the 18th century in Louisiana. Spanish spoken elsewhere throughout the country varies, although is generally Mexican Spanish. Heritage Spanish speakers tend to speak Spanish with near-native level phonology, but a more limited command of morphosyntax. Latinos who speak Spanish as a second language often speak with English accents.
Spanglish and English dialectsLatinos have influenced the way Americans speak with the introduction of many Spanish words into the English language. Amongst younger generations of Latinos, Spanglish, or a mix of Spanish and English, may be a common way of speaking. Although they are fluent in both languages, speakers will switch between Spanish and English throughout the conversation. Spanglish is particularly common in Latino-majority cities and communities such as Miami, Hialeah, , and New York City. Latinos have also influenced the way English is spoken in the United States. In Miami, for example, the Miami#Dialect, Miami dialect has evolved as the most common form of English spoken and heard in Miami today. This is a native dialect of English, and was developed amongst second and third generations of Cuban Americans in Miami. Today, it is commonly heard everywhere throughout the city. Gloria Estefan and Enrique Iglesias are examples of people who speak with the Miami dialect. Another major English dialect, is spoken by Chicanos and Tejanos in the Southwestern United States, called Chicano English. George Lopez and Selena are examples of speakers of Chicano English. An English dialect spoken by Puerto Ricans and other Latino groups is called New York Latino English.
ReligionA Pew Center study in 2019, found that the majority of Latino Americans are Christianity, Christians (72%), Among American Latinos, as of 2018–19, 47% are Roman Catholic Church, Catholic, 24% are Protestant, 1% are Mormon, fewer than 1% are Orthodoxy#Christianity, Orthodox Christian, 3% are members of non-Christian faiths, and 23% are Irreligion in the United States, unaffiliated.In U.S., Decline of Christianity Continues at Rapid Pace
MediaThe United States is home to thousands of Spanish-language Mass media, media outlets, which range in size from giant commercial and some non-commercial List of United States over-the-air television networks, broadcasting networks and major magazines with circulations numbering in the millions, to low-power AM broadcasting, AM radio stations with listeners numbering in the hundreds. There are hundreds of Internet media outlets targeting US Latino consumers. Some of the outlets are online versions of their printed counterparts and some online exclusively. Increased use of Spanish-language media leads to increased levels of group consciousness, according to survey data. The differences in attitudes are due to the diverging goals of Spanish-language and English-language media. The effect of using Spanish-language media serves to promote a sense of group consciousness among Latinos by reinforcing roots in Latin America and the commonalities among Latinos of varying national origin. The first Latino-American owned major film studio in the United States is based in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2017, Ozzie and Will Areu purchased Tyler Perry, Tyler Perry's former studio to establish Areu Bros. Studios.
RadioSpanish language radio is the largest non-English broadcasting media. While other foreign language broadcasting declined steadily, Spanish broadcasting grew steadily from the 1920s to the 1970s. The 1930s were boom years. The early success depended on the concentrated geographical audience in Texas and the Southwest. American stations were close to Mexico which enabled a steady circular flow of entertainers, executives and technicians, and stimulated the creative initiatives of Latino radio executives, brokers, and advertisers. Ownership was increasingly concentrated in the 1960s and 1970s. The industry sponsored the now-defunct trade publication ''Sponsor'' from the late 1940s to 1968. Spanish-language radio has influenced American and Latino discourse on key current affairs issues such as citizenship and immigration.
NetworksNotable Latino-oriented media outlets include: * CNN en Español, a Spanish-language news network based in Atlanta, Georgia; * ESPN Deportes and Fox Deportes, two Spanish-language sports television networks. * Telemundo, the second-largest Spanish-language television network in the United States, with affiliates in nearly every major List of television stations in North America by media market, U.S. market, and numerous affiliates internationally; ** TeleXitos an American Spanish language digital multicast television network owned by NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. ** Universo (TV network), Universo, a cable network that produces content for U.S.-born Latino audiences; * Univisión, the largest List of Spanish-language television channels, Spanish-language television network in the United States, with affiliates in nearly every major U.S. market, and numerous affiliates internationally. It is the country's fourth-largest network overall; ** UniMás, an American Spanish language free-to-air television network owned by Univision Communications. ** Fusion TV, an English television channel targeting Latino audiences with news and satire programming; ** Galavisión, a Spanish-language television channel targeting Latino audiences with general entertainment programming; * Estrella TV, an American Spanish-language broadcast television network owned by the Estrella Media. * V-me, a Spanish-language television network; ** Primo TV, an English-language cable channel aimed at Latino youth.; * Azteca América, a Spanish-language television network in the United States, with affiliates in nearly every major U.S. market, and numerous affiliates internationally; * Fuse (TV channel), Fuse, a former music channel that merged with the Latino-oriented NuvoTV in 2015. ** FM (TV channel), FM, a music-centric channel that replaced NuvoTV following the latter's merger with Fuse in 2015. * 3ABN Latino, a Spanish-language Christian television network based in West Frankfort, Illinois; * TBN Enlace USA, a Spanish-language Christian television network based in Tustin, California;
Sports and musicBecause of different cultures throughout Latin America, there are various music forms throughout Latin American countries, with different sounds and origins. Many Latinos prefer musical genres from their home countries than music from the United States. Mostly, the recent arrivals listened to Spanish music, while Latinos who been in the United States for generations tend to listen more to English music. Reggaeton and Hip hop music are genres that are most popular to Latino youth in the United States. Soccer is a common sport for Latinos from outside of the Caribbean region, particularly immigrants. Baseball is a common among Caribbean Latinos. Other popular sports include Boxing, American Football, and Basketball.
CuisineLatino food, particularly Mexican food, has influenced American cuisine and eating habits. Mexican cuisine has become so mainstream in American culture that many no longer see it as an ethnic food. Across the United States, tortillas and Salsa (sauce), salsa are arguably becoming as common as hamburger buns and ketchup. Tortilla chips have surpassed potato chips in annual sales, and Chifle, plantain chips popular in Caribbean cuisines have continued to increase sales. Tropical fruit, such as mango, guava and passion fruit, passion fruit (maracuyá), have become more popular and are now common flavors in desserts, candies and food dishes in the United States. Due to the large Mexican-American population in the Southwestern United States, and its proximity to Mexico, Mexican food there is believed to be some of the best in the United States. Cubans brought Cuban cuisine to Miami and today, cortado, cortaditos, pastelitos de guayaba and empanadas are common mid-day snacks in the city. Cuban culture has changed Miami's coffee drinking habits, and today a café con leche or a cortadito is commonly had at one of the city's numerous coffee shops. The Cuban sandwich, developed in Miami, is now a staple and icon of the city's cuisine and culture.
Family life and valuesLatino culture places a strong value on family, and is commonly taught to Latino children as one of the most important values in life. Statistically, Latino families tend to have larger and closer knit families than the American average. Latino families tend to prefer to live near other family members. This may mean that three or sometimes four generations may be living in the same household or near each other, although four generations is uncommon in the United States. The role of grandparents is believed to be very important in the upbringing of children. Latinos tend to be very group-oriented, and an emphasis is placed on the well-being of the family above the individual. The extended family plays an important part of many Latino families, and frequent social, family gatherings are common. Traditional rites of passages, particularly Roman Catholic sacraments: such as baptisms, birthdays, First Holy Communions, quinceañeras/Baile de debutante (for Brazilians), Confirmations, graduations and weddings are all popular moments of family gatherings and celebrations in Latino families. Education is another important priority for Latino families. Education is seen as the key towards continued upward mobility in the United States among Latino families. A 2010 study by the Associated Press showed that Latinos place a higher emphasis on education than the average American. Latinos expect their children to graduate university. Latin American youth today stay at home with their parents longer than before. This is due to more years spent studying and the difficulty of finding a paid job that meets their aspirations.
IntermarriageLatino Americans, like immigrant groups before them, are out-marrying at high rates. Out-marriages comprised 17.4% of all existing Latino marriages in 2008.Pew Social Trends: "Marrying Out"
Cultural adjustmentAs Latin American migrants become the norm in the United States, the effects of this migration on the identity of these migrants and their kin becomes most evident in the younger generations. Crossing the borders changes the identities of both the youth and their families. Often "one must pay special attention to the role expressive culture plays as both entertainment and as a site in which identity is played out, empowered, and reformed" because it is "sometimes in opposition to dominant norms and practices and sometimes in conjunction with them."Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette. 2004. Gender and the Latino experience in Late-Twentieth-Century America. In The Columbia History of Latinos in the United States since 1960. D.G. Gutiérrez, ed. New York: Columbia University Press. The exchange of their culture of origin with American culture creates a dichotomy within the values that the youth find important, therefore changing what it means to be Latino in the global sphere.
TransnationalismAlong with feeling that they are neither from the country of their ethnic background nor the United States, a new identity within the United States is formed called ''latinidad''. This is especially seen in cosmopolitan social settings like New York City, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Underway is "the intermeshing of different Latino subpopulations has laid the foundations for the emergence and ongoing evolution of a strong sense of ''latinidad"'' which establishes a "sense of cultural affinity and identity deeply rooted in what many Latinos perceive to be a shared historical, spiritual, aesthetic and linguistic heritage, and a growing sense of cultural affinity and solidarity in the social context of the United States." This unites Latinos as one, creating cultural kin with other Latino ethnicities.
Gender rolesMigration to the United States can change identity for Latino youth in various way, including how they carry their gendered identities. In traditional Latino households, women and young girls are homebodies or ''muchachas de la casa'' ("girls of the house"), showing that they abide "by the cultural norms ... [of] respectability, chastity, and family honor [as] valued by the [Latino] community". However, when Latina women come to the United States, they tend to adapt to the perceived social norms of this new country, and their social location changes as they become more independent and able to live without the financial support of their families or partners. The unassimilated community views these adapting women as being ''de la calle'' ("of [or from] the street"), transgressive and sexually promiscuous. Some Latino families in the United States "deal with young women's failure to adhere to these culturally prescribed norms of proper gendered behavior in a variety of ways, including sending them to live in ... [the sending country] with family members, regardless of whether or not ... [the young women] are sexually active". Along with the increase in independence amongst these young women, there is a diminution in the power of ''Vergüenza (social concept), vergüenza'' ("shame") in many of the relations between the two sexes. To have ''vergüenza'' is to assert male dominance in all spheres, especially in a man's relationship with his female partner; the concept is enforced through shaming males into comporting themselves with a ''Machismo, macho'' (literally, "male" or "masculine") archetype in order to establish respect, dominance, and manliness in their social ambits. Although many Latina women in the homeland as well as older Latina women in the United States reinforce this dynamic by not wanting a man who is a ''sinvergüenza'' ("shameless one"), some Latino youth accept the label of ''sinvergüenza'' and now wear it proudly. Feeling caught between two distinct societies causes youth to "meditate between the two cultures and [instills] ambivalence toward feeling a lack of ''vergüenza''", resulting in a group of youth who celebrate being ''sinvergüenza'' while still acknowledging the concept of ''vergüenza'' within a part of their increasingly composite culture.
SexualityWith the Catholic Church remaining a large influence on the Latino culture, the subject of promiscuity and sexuality is often considered taboo. It is taught in many Latino cultures that best way to remain pure of sin and not become pregnant is to remain celibate and heterosexual. All are to be straight and women are to be virgins. A woman must carry herself like Mary, mother of Jesus, Mary in order to receive respect and keep the family's honor.
Relations towards other minority groupsAs a result of the rapid growth of the Latino population, there has been some tension with other minority populations, especially the African Americans, African-American population, as Latinos have increasingly moved into once exclusively black areas. There has also been increasing cooperation between minority groups to work together to attain political influence. * A 2007 University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA study reported that 51% of blacks felt that Latinos were taking jobs and political power from them and 44% of Latinos said they feared African-Americans, identifying them (African-Americans) with high crime rates. That said, large majorities of Latinos credited American blacks and the civil rights movement with making life easier for them in the United States. * A poll from 2006 showed that blacks overwhelmingly felt that Latin American immigrants were hard working (78%) and had strong family values (81%); 34% believed that immigrants took jobs from Americans, 22% of blacks believed that they had directly lost a job to an immigrant, and 34% of blacks wanted immigration to be curtailed. The report also surveyed three cities: Chicago (with its well-established Latino community); Washington, D.C. (with a less-established but quickly growing Latino community); and Raleigh-Durham (with a very new but rapidly growing Latino community). The results showed that a significant proportion of blacks in those cities wanted immigration to be curtailed: Chicago (46%), Raleigh-Durham (57%), and Washington, DC (48%). * Per a 2008 University of California, Berkeley Law School research brief, a recurring theme to black/Latino tensions is the growth in "contingent, flexible, or contractor labor," which is increasingly replacing long term steady employment for jobs on the lower-rung of the pay scale (which had been disproportionately filled by blacks). The transition to this employment arrangement corresponds directly with the growth in the Latino immigrant population. The perception is that this new labor arrangement has driven down wages, removed benefits, and rendered temporary, jobs that once were stable (but also benefiting consumers who receive lower-cost services) while passing the costs of labor (healthcare and indirectly education) onto the community at large. * A 2008 The Gallup Organization, Gallup poll indicated that 60% of Latinos and 67% of blacks believe that good relations exist between US blacks and LatinosGallup: "Whites May Exaggerate Black-Hispanic Tensions" by Lydia Saad
Political affiliationsLatinos differ on their political views depending on their location and background. The majority (57%) either identify as or support the Democratic Party (United States), Democrats, and 23% identify as Republican Party (United States), Republicans. This 34-point gap as of December 2007 was an increase from the gap of 21 points 16 months earlier. Cuban Americans, Colombian Americans, Chilean Americans, and Venezuelan Americans tend to favor conservative political ideologies and support the Republicans. Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Dominican Americans tend to favor progressive political ideologies and support the Democrats. However, because the latter groups are far more numerous—as, again, Mexican Americans alone are 64% of Latinos—the Democratic Party is considered to be in a far stronger position with the ethnic group overall. Some political organizations associated with Latino Americans are League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the United Farm Workers, the Cuban American National Foundation and the National Institute for Latino Policy.
Political impactThe United States has a population of over 60 million of Latino Americans, of whom 27 million are citizens eligible to vote (13% of total eligible voters); therefore, Latinos have a very important effect on presidential elections since the vote difference between two main parties is usually around 4%.
Elections of 1996-2006In the 1996 United States presidential election, 1996 presidential election, 72% of Latinos backed President Bill Clinton. In 2000 United States presidential election, 2000, the Democratic total fell to 62%, and went down again in 2004 United States presidential election, 2004, with Democrat John Kerry winning Latinos 58–40 against Bush. Latinos in the West, especially in California, were much stronger for the Democratic Party than in Texas and Florida. California Latinos voted 63–32 for Kerry in 2004, and both Arizona and New Mexico Latinos by a smaller 56–43 margin. Texas Latinos were split nearly evenly, favoring Kerry 50–49 over their favorite son candidate and Florida Latinos (who are mostly Cuban American) backed Bush, by a 54–45 margin. In the United States general elections, 2006, 2006 midterm election, however, due to the unpopularity of the Iraq War, the heated debate concerning Illegal immigration to the United States, illegal Latin American immigration and Republican-related Congressional scandals, Latinos went as strongly Democratic as they have since the Clinton years. Exit polls showed the group voting for Democrats by a lopsided 69–30 margin, with Florida Latinos for the first time split evenly. The runoff election in Texas' 23rd congressional district was seen as a bellwether of Latino politics. Democrat Ciro Rodriguez's unexpected (and unexpectedly decisive) defeat of Republican incumbent Henry Bonilla was seen as proof of a leftward lurch among Latino voters; majority-Latino counties overwhelmingly backed Rodriguez and majority European-American counties overwhelmingly backed Bonilla.
Elections 2008-2012In the 2008 United States presidential election, 2008 Presidential election's Democratic Party (United States) presidential primaries, 2008, Democratic primary, Latinos participated in larger numbers than before, with Hillary Clinton receiving most of the group's support. Pundits discussed whether Latinos would not vote for Barack Obama because he was African-American. Latinos voted 2 to 1 for Mrs. Clinton, even among the younger demographic. In other groups, younger voters went overwhelmingly for Obama."The Hispanic Vote in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primaries
Elections 2014–present"More convincing data" from the 2016 United States presidential election from the polling firm Latino Decisions indicates that Clinton received a higher share of the Latino vote, and Trump a lower share, than the Edison exit polls showed. Using wider, more geographically and linguistically representative sampling, Latino Decisions concluded that Clinton won 79% of Latino voters (also an improvement over Obama's share in 2008 and 2012), while Trump won only 18% (lower than previous Republicans such as Romney and McCain). Additionally, the 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Study found that Clinton's share of the Latino vote was one percentage point higher than Obama's in 2012, while Trump's was seven percentage points lower than Romney's. On June 26, 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a millennial, won the Democratic Party (United States), Democratic United States House of Representatives elections in New York, 2018#District 14, primary in New York's 14th congressional district covering parts of The Bronx and Queens in New York City, defeating the incumbent, Democratic Caucus Chairman of the United States House of Representatives, Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley, in what has been described as the biggest Upset (competition), upset victory in the 2018 United States elections, 2018 midterm election season and at the age of 29 years, became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. She is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America and has been endorsed by various politically Progressivism in the United States#Progressivism in the 21st century, progressive organizations and individuals. According to a report, the 2020 election will be the first one when Latinos are the largest racial or ethnic minority group in the electorate. A record 32 million Latinos were projected to be eligible to vote in the presidential election, many of them first-time voters. On September 15, 2020, President Donald J. Trump announces his intent to nominate and appoint Eduardo Verastegui, to be a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Hispanic Prosperity if re-elected after days of the Democratic convention. Latino communities across the United States were long held as a single voting bloc, but economic, geographic and cultural differences show stark divides in how Latino Americans have cast their ballots in 2020. Latinos helped deliver Florida to Donald Trump in part because of Cuban Americans and Venezuelan American (along with smaller populations such as Nicaraguan Americans and Chilean Americans); President Trump's reelection campaign ran pushing a strong anti-socialism message as a strategy in Florida, to their success. However the perceived anti-immigrant rhetoric resonated with Arizona and the COVID-19 pandemic (Arizona being one of the states hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States). The takeaway may be this may be the last election cycle that the "Latino vote" as a whole is more talked about instead of particular communities within it, such as Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans and so on. In Texas like in Arizona the Latino community mainly being Mexican American; one in three Texan voters is now Latino. Biden did win the Latino vote in those states. But in Texas, 41 percent to 47 percent of Latino voters backed Trump in several heavily Latino border counties in the Rio Grande Valley region, a Democratic stronghold. In Florida, Trump won 45 percent of the Latino vote, an 11-point improvement from his 2016 performance reported NBC News. Recognizing Latinos as a population that can not only make a differences in swing states like Arizona and Texas or Florida, but also really across the country, even in places like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the number of Latino eligible voters may be the reason for the thin margins. In 1984, 37 percent of Latinos voted for and 40 percent voted for George W. Bush in 2004. In Florida, even though Trump won Florida and gained Latino voters, Biden kept 53% of the Latino vote and Trump 45%. According to NBC News exit polls, 55% of Cuban Americans, 30% of Puerto Ricans and 48% of other Latinos voted for Trump. Subsections of Latino voters have a range of historical influences vying to affect their votes. Cuban American voters, mostly concentrated in south Florida, tend to vote Republican in part because of their anathema for socialism, the party of Fidel Castro's government that many of their families fled. Mexican Americans, however, have no such historical relationship with either party. Puerto Rican voters who have left the island might be influenced by influenced the territory's move towards statehood, as a referendum for Trump's relief effort after Hurricane Maria, or regarding how it is taxed. Nationwide, Latinos cast 16.6 million votes in 2020, an increase of 30.9% over the 2016 presidential election.
Notable contributionsLatino Americans have made distinguished contributions to the United States in all major fields, such as Politics of the United States, politics, the Military of the United States, military, Music of the United States, music, film, American literature, literature, Sports in the United States, sports, business and finance, and Science in the United States, science.
Arts and entertainmentIn 1995, the American Latino Media Arts Award, or ALMA Award was created. It is a distinction given to Latino performers (actors, film and television directors and musicians) by the National Council of La Raza. The number of Latin nominees at the Grammy Awards lag behind. Talking to People (magazine), PEOPLE ahead of music's biggest night in 2021, Grammy nominees J Balvin and Ricky Martin reflected on what it is mean to continue to represent Latinos at awards shows like the Grammys. Martin, who served as a pioneer for the "Latin crossover" in the '90s told "When you get nominated, it's the industry telling you, 'Hey Rick, you did a good job this year, congratulations.' Yes, I need that," the 49-year-old says. "When you walk into the studio, you say, 'This got a Grammy potential.' You hear the songs that do and the ones that don't. It's inevitable." Like Selena Gomez tapping into her roots, the influence Latinos and reggaetón are having on the mainstream is undeniable.
MusicThere are many Latino American musicians that have achieved international fame, such as Christopher Rios better known by his stage name Big Pun, Jennifer Lopez, Joan Baez, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Fergie (singer), Fergie, Pitbull (rapper), Pitbull, Victoria Justice, Linda Ronstadt, Zack de la Rocha, Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Kat DeLuna, Selena, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Carlos Santana, Christina Aguilera, Bruno Mars, Mariah Carey, Jerry García, Dave Navarro, Santaye, Elvis Crespo, Romeo Santos, Tom Araya, Becky G, Juan Luis Guerra, Cardi B, Giselle Bellas, Bad Bunny, all of the members of all-female band Go Betty Go, Camila Cabello, and two members of girl group Fifth Harmony: Lauren Jauregui and Ally Brooke. Latin American music imported from Cuba (chachachá, mambo (music), mambo, and rhumba) and Mexico (ranchera and mariachi) had brief periods of popularity during the 1950s. Examples of artists include Celia Cruz, who was a Cuban-American singer and the most popular Latin artist of the 20th century, gaining twenty-three gold albums during her career. Bill Clinton awarded her the National Medal of Arts in 1994. Among the Latino American musicians who were pioneers in the early stages of rock and roll were Ritchie Valens, who scored several hits, most notably "La Bamba (song), La Bamba" and Herman Santiago, who wrote the lyrics to the iconic rock and roll song "Why Do Fools Fall in Love (song), Why Do Fools Fall in Love". Songs that became popular in the United States and are heard during the holiday/Christmas season include "¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?", a novelty Christmas song with 12-year-old Augie Ríos which was a hit record in 1959 and featured the Mark Jeffrey Orchestra; and "Feliz Navidad (song), Feliz Navidad" by José Feliciano. Miguel del Aguila wrote 116 works and has three Latin Grammy nominations. In 1986, Billboard (magazine), ''Billboard'' magazine introduced the Hot Latin Songs chart which ranks the best-performing songs on Spanish-language radio stations in the United States. Seven years later, ''Billboard'' initiated the Top Latin Albums which ranks top-selling Latin albums in the United States. Similarly, the Recording Industry Association of America incorporated "Los Premios de Oro y Platino" (The Gold and Platinum Awards) to certify Latin recordings which contains at least 50% of its content recorded in Spanish. In 1989, Univision established the Lo Nuestro Awards which became the first award ceremony to recognize the most talented performers of Spanish-language music and was considered to be the "Hispanic Grammy Award, Grammys". In 2000, the The Latin Recording Academy, Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (LARAS) established the Latin Grammy Awards to recognize musicians who perform in Spanish and Portuguese. Unlike The Recording Academy, LARAS extends its membership internationally to Hispanophone and Lusophone communities worldwide beyond the Americas, particularly the Iberian Peninsula. Becky G won favorite female Latin artist, a brand new category at the American Music Awards of 2020, AMAs in 2020. For the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, the academy announced several changes for different categories and rules: the category Latin Pop Album has been renamed Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop or Urban Album, Best Latin Pop or Urban Album, while Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album has been renamed Grammy Award for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album, Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album.
Film, radio, television, and theatreCinema of the United States, American cinema has often reflected and propagated Stereotype, negative stereotypes towards foreign nationals and ethnic minorities. For example, Latin Americans are largely depicted as sexualized figures such as the Latino Machismo, macho or the Latina Sex kitten, vixen, gang members, (illegal) Immigration, immigrants, or List of entertainer occupations, entertainers. However representation in Hollywood has enhanced in latter times of which it gained noticeable momentum in the 1990s and does not emphasize oppression, exploitation, or resistance as central themes. According to Ramírez Berg, third wave films "do not accentuate Chicano oppression or resistance; ethnicity in these films exists as one fact of several that shape characters' lives and stamps their personalities". Filmmakers like Edward James Olmos and Robert Rodriguez were able to represent the Latino American experience like none had on screen before, and actors like Hilary Swank, Michael Peña, Jordana Brewster, Ana de Armas, Jessica Alba, Natalie Martinez and Jenna Ortega have become successful. In the last decade, minority filmmakers like Chris Weitz, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and Patricia Riggen have been given applier narratives. Portrayal in films of them include ''La Bamba (film), La Bamba'' (1987), ''Selena (film), Selena'' (1997), ''The Mask of Zorro'' (1998), ''Goal II: Living the Dream'' (2007), ''The 33'' (2015), ''Ferdinand (film), Ferdinand'' (2017), ''Dora and the Lost City of Gold'' (2019), and Josefina López's ''Real Women Have Curves'', originally Real Women Have Curves (play), a play which premiered in 1990 and was later released as a film in 2002. Hispanics and Latinos have also contributed some prominent actors and others to the Cinema of the United States, film industry. Of Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican origin: José Ferrer (the first Latino actor to win an acting Academy Awards, Academy Award for his role in ''Cyrano de Bergerac (play), Cyrano de Bergerac''), Auliʻi Cravalho, Rita Moreno, Chita Rivera, Raul Julia, Rosie Perez, Rosario Dawson, Esai Morales, Aubrey Plaza, Jennifer Lopez, Joaquin Phoenix and Benicio del Toro. Of Mexico, Mexican origin: Emile Kuri (the first Latino to win an Academy Award – for Best Production Design – in 1949), Ramon Novarro, Dolores del Río, Lupe Vélez, Anthony Quinn, Ricardo Montalbán, Katy Jurado, Adrian Grenier, Jay Hernandez, Salma Hayek, Danny Trejo, Jessica Alba, Tessa Thompson, and Kate del Castillo. Of Cuban origin: Cesar Romero, Mel Ferrer, Andy García, Cameron Diaz, María Conchita Alonso, William Levy (actor), William Levy, and Eva Mendes. Of Dominican Republic, Dominican origin: Maria Montez and Zoe Saldana. Of ian origin: Carmen Miranda, Sonia Braga, Rodrigo Santoro, Camila Mendes, Camilla Belle and Jordana Brewster. Of Spain, Spanish origin: Rita Hayworth, Martin Sheen, Paz Vega and Antonio Banderas. Other outstanding figures are: Anita Page (of El Salvador, Salvadoran origin), Fernando Lamas, Carlos Thompson, Alejandro Rey and Linda Cristal (of Argentina, Argentine origin), Raquel Welch (of Bolivian origin), John Leguizamo (of Colombian origin), Oscar Isaac (of Guatemalan origin), and Pedro Pascal (of Chilean origin). In stand-up comedy, Cristela Alonzo, Anjelah Johnson, Paul Rodriguez (actor), Paul Rodríguez, Greg Giraldo, Cheech Marin, George Lopez, Freddie Prinze, Jade Esteban Estrada, Carlos Mencia, John Mendoza, Gabriel Iglesias and others are prominent. Some of the Hispanic or Latino actors who achieved notable success in U.S. television include Desi Arnaz, Lynda Carter, Jimmy Smits, Charo, Jencarlos Canela, Christian Serratos, Carlos Pena Jr., Eva Longoria, Sofía Vergara, Ricardo Antonio Chavira, Jacob Vargas, Benjamin Bratt, Ricardo Montalbán, Hector Elizondo, Mario Lopez, America Ferrera, Karla Souza, Diego Boneta, Erik Estrada, Cote de Pablo, Freddie Prinze, Lauren Vélez, Isabella Gomez, Justina Machado, Tony Plana Stacey Dash, and Charlie Sheen. Kenny Ortega is an Emmy Awards, Emmy Award-winning producer, director and choreographer who has choreographed many major television events such as Super Bowl XXX, the 72nd Academy Awards and Michael Jackson's Michael Jackson memorial service, memorial service. Latinos are underrepresented in U.S. television, radio, and film. This is combatted by organizations such as the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors (HOLA), founded in 1975; and National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC), founded in 1986. Together with numerous Latino civil rights organizations, the NHMC led a "brownout" of the national television networks in 1999, after discovering that there were no Latinos on any of their new prime time series that year. This resulted in the signing of historic diversity agreements with American Broadcasting Company, ABC, CBS, Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox and NBC that have since increased the hiring of Hispanic and Latino talent and other staff in all of the networks. Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB) funds programs of educational and cultural significance to Latino Americans. These programs are distributed to various public television stations throughout the United States. The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards was criticized by Latinos; there were no major nominations for Latin performers, despite the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences publicizing their improved diversity in 2020. While there was a record number of black nominees, there was only one individual Latin nomination. Hispanic and Latino representation groups said the greater diversity referred only to more African American nominees. When the ''Los Angeles Times'' reported the criticism using the term "black", it was itself criticized for erasing Black Hispanic and Latino Americans, Afro-Latinos, a discussion that then prompted more investigation into this under-represented minority ethnic group in Hollywood. John Leguizamo boycotted the Emmys because of its lack of Latin nominees.
FashionIn the world of fashion, notable Hispanic and Latino designers include Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera (fashion designer), Carolina Herrera, Narciso Rodriguez, Manuel Cuevas, among others. Christy Turlington, Lais Ribeiro, Adriana Lima, Gisele Bündchen and Lea T achieved international fame as models.
ArtistsNotable Hispanic and Latino artists include Jean-Michel Basquiat, Carmen Herrera, Gronk (artist), Gronk, Luis Jiménez (sculptor), Luis Jiménez, Félix González-Torres, Ana Mendieta, Joe Shannon (artist), Joe Shannon, Richard Serra, Abelardo Morell, Bill Melendez, María Magdalena Campos Pons, Sandra Ramos, Myrna Báez and Soraida Martinez.
Business and financeThe total number of Latino-owned businesses in 2002 was 1.6 million, having grown at triple the national rate for the preceding five years. Latino business leaders include Cuban immigrant Roberto Goizueta, who rose to head of The Coca-Cola Company. Advertising Mexican-American magnate Arte Moreno became the first Latino to own a Major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada, major league team in the United States when he purchased the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Angels Major League Baseball, baseball club. Also a major sports team owner is Mexican-American Linda G. Alvarado, president and CEO of Alvarado Construction, Inc. and co-owner of the Colorado Rockies baseball team. There are several Latinos on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. Alejandro Santo Domingo and his brother Andres Santo Domingo inherited their fathers stake in SABMiller, now merged with Anheuser-Busch InBev. The brothers are ranked No. 132 and are each worth $4.8bn. Jorge M. Perez, Jorge Perez founded and runs The Related Group. He built his career developing and operating low-income multifamily apartments across Miami."Related's Jorge Pérez puts his stamp on the skyline".
Government and politicsAs of 2007, there were more than five thousand elected officeholders in the United States who were of Latino origin. In the United States House of Representatives, House of Representatives, List of Hispanic Americans in the United States Congress, Hispanic and Latino representatives have included Ladislas Lazaro, Antonio M. Fernández, Henry B. Gonzalez, Kika de la Garza, Herman Badillo, Romualdo Pacheco and Manuel Lujan Jr., out of almost two dozen former representatives. Current representatives include Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Jose E. Serrano, Luis Gutiérrez, Nydia Velázquez, Xavier Becerra, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Loretta Sanchez, Rubén Hinojosa, Mario Díaz-Balart, Raul Grijalva, Ben R. Lujan, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Raul Labrador and Alex Mooney—in all, they number thirty. Former United States Senate, senators are Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo, Mel Martinez, Dennis Chavez, Joseph Montoya and Ken Salazar. As of January 2011, the U.S. Senate includes Latino members Bob Menendez, a Democrat and Republicans Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, all Cuban Americans. Numerous Latinos hold elective and appointed office in State governments of the United States, state and Local government in the United States, local government throughout the United States. Current Latino Governors include Republican Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Republican New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez; upon taking office in 2011, Martinez became the first Latina governor in the history of the United States. Former Latino governors include Democrats Jerry Apodaca, Raul Hector Castro, and Bill Richardson, as well as Republicans Octaviano Ambrosio Larrazolo, Romualdo Pacheco and Bob Martinez. Since 1988, when appointed Lauro Cavazos the United States Secretary of Education, Secretary of Education, the first Latino United States Cabinet member, Latino Americans have had an increasing presence in presidential administrations. Latinos serving in subsequent cabinets include Ken Salazar, current United States Secretary of the Interior, Secretary of the Interior; Hilda Solis, current United States Secretary of Labor; Alberto Gonzales, former United States Attorney General; Carlos Gutierrez, United States Secretary of Commerce, Secretary of Commerce; Federico Peña, former United States Secretary of Energy, Secretary of Energy; Henry Cisneros, former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; Manuel Lujan Jr., former Secretary of the Interior; and Bill Richardson, former Secretary of Energy and United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador to the United Nations. Rosa Rios is the current Treasurer of the United States, US Treasurer, including the latest three, were Latina women. In 2009, Sonia Sotomayor became the first Supreme Court of the United States, Supreme Court Associate Justice of Hispanic or Latino origin. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, and the Congressional Hispanic Conference (CHC), founded on March 19, 2003, are two organizations that promote policy of importance to Americans of Latino descent. They are divided into the two major American political parties: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is composed entirely of Democratic Party (United States), Democratic representatives, whereas the Congressional Hispanic Conference is composed entirely of Republican Party (United States), Republican representatives. Groups like the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) work to achieve the promises and principles of the United States by "promoting education, research, and leadership development, and empowering Latinos and similarly disenfranchised groups by maximizing their civic awareness, engagement, and participation".
Literature and journalism
Writers and their works* Julia Álvarez (''How the García Girls Lost Their Accents'') * Rudolfo Anaya (''Bless Me, Ultima'' and ''Heart of Aztlan'') * Sandra Cisneros (''The House on Mango Street'' and ''Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories'') * Junot Díaz (''The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'') * Cecilia Domeyko (Sacrifice on the Border) * Ernest Fenollosa (art historian, ''Masters of Ukiyoe'') * Rigoberto González (''Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa'') * Oscar Hijuelos (''The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love'') * Jorge Majfud (''Crisis (novel by Jorge Majfud), Crisis'' and ''La frontera salvaje''). * Micol Ostow (''"Mind Your Manners, Dick and Jane"'', ''"Emily Goldberg Learns to Salsa"'') * Benito Pastoriza Iyodo (''A Matter of Men'' and ''September Elegies'') * Alberto Alvaro Rios (''Capirotada'', ''Elk Heads on the Wall'' and ''The Iguana Killer'') * Tomas Rivera (''...And the Earth did Not Devour Him'') * Richard Rodríguez (Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, ''Hunger of Memory'') * George Santayana (novelist and philosopher: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it") * Sergio Troncoso (''From This Wicked Patch of Dust'' and ''The Last Tortilla and Other Stories'') * Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez (''Haters (novel), Haters'') * Victor Villaseñor (''Rain of Gold'') * Oscar Zeta Acosta (''The Revolt of the Cockroach People'')
Journalists* Cecilia Vega American journalist, currently serving as chief White House correspondent for ABC News. * Jorge Ramos (news anchor), Jorge Ramos has won eight Emmy Awards and the Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in journalism. In 2015, Ramos was one of five selected as ''Time'' magazine's World's Most Influential People. * José Díaz-Balart is currently the anchor for Noticias Telemundo, as well as anchor of NBC Nightly News on Saturdays. * Paola Ramos (journalist), Paola Ramos, correspondent for ''Vice (magazine), Vice'' and is a contributor to Telemundo and MSNBC. * Ana Cabrera currently works as a television news anchor for CNN in Manhattan. * Natalie Morales (journalist), Natalie Morales is the ''Today (U.S. TV program), Today Show'' West Coast anchor and appears on other programs including ''Dateline NBC'' and ''NBC Nightly News.'' * María Elena Salinas CBS News contributor Called the "Voice of Hispanic America" by The New York Times * Morgan Radford, reporter employed by NBC News and MSNBC, was a production assistant for ESPN. * Geraldo Rivera has won a Peabody Award and appears regularly on Fox News programs such as ''The Five (talk show), The Five''. * John Quiñones, co-anchor of the ABC News program, Primetime (U.S. TV program), ''Primetime'' and now hosts ''What Would You Do?'' * Rubén Salazar, reporter for the Los Angeles Times and news director for KMEX, which was a Spanish language station. * Maria Elvira Salazar, journalist and broadcast television anchor who worked for Telemundo, CNN en Español and Noticiero Univision. * Michele Ruiz, former Los Angeles news anchor for KNBC-TV. * Giselle Fernández, reporting and guest anchoring for ''CBS Early Show'', ''CBS Evening News'', ''NBC Today'', ''NBC Nightly News''; regular host for ''Access Hollywood''. * Elizabeth Pérez, television journalist for CNN en Español. Political strategists * Mercedes Schlapp, American lobbyist and columnist for Fox News, including U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Times. * Geovanny Vicente, political strategist, international consultant and columnist who writes for CNN.
MilitaryHispanics and Latinos have participated in the military of the United States and in every major List of United States military history events, military conflict from the American Revolution onward. 11% to 13% military personnel now are Latinos and they have been deployed in the Iraq War, the War in Afghanistan (2001–present), Afghanistan War, and U.S. military missions and bases elsewhere. Hispanics and Latinos have not only distinguished themselves in the battlefields but also reached the high echelons of the military, serving their country in sensitive leadership positions on domestic and foreign posts. Up to now, 43 Hispanics and Latinos have been awarded the nation's highest military distinction, the Medal of Honor (also known as the ''Congressional Medal of Honor''). The following is a list of some notable Latinos in the military:
American Revolution* Bernardo de Gálvez (1746–1786) – Spanish military leader and colonial administrator who aided the American Thirteen Colonies in their quest for independence and led Spanish forces against Kingdom of Great Britain, Britain in the Revolutionary War; since 2014, a posthumous honorary citizen of the United States * Lieutenant Jordi Farragut, Jorge Farragut Mesquida (1755–1817) – participated in the American Revolution as a lieutenant in the South Carolina Navy
American Civil War* Admiral David Farragut – promoted to vice admiral on December 21, 1864, and to full admiral on July 25, 1866, after the war, thereby becoming the first person to be named full admiral in the Navy's history. *Rear Admiral Cipriano Andrade – Mexican Rear admiral, Navy rear admiral who fought for the Union. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery. * Colonel Ambrosio José Gonzales – Cuban officer active during the bombardment of Fort Sumter; because of his actions, was appointed Colonel of artillery and assigned to duty as Chief of Artillery in the department of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. * Brigadier General Diego Archuleta (1814–1884) – member of the Mexican Army who fought against the United States in the Mexican–American War. During the American Civil War, he joined the Union Army (US Army) and became the first Latino to reach the military rank of brigadier general. He commanded The First New Mexico Volunteer Infantry in the Battle of Valverde. He was later appointed an Indian (Native Americans) Agent by Abraham Lincoln."Hispanics Firsts"; by: Nicolas Kanellos; pp. 210–211; Publisher: Visible Ink Press; * Colonel Carlos de la Mesa – grandfather of Major General (United States), Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen Sr. commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division (United States), First Infantry Division in North Africa and Sicily, and later the commander of the 104th Infantry Division during World War II. Colonel Carlos de la Mesa was a national who fought at Battle of Gettysburg, Gettysburg for the Union Army in the Spanish Company of the "Garibaldi Guard" of the 39th New York State Volunteers. * Colonel Federico Fernández Cavada – commanded the 114th Pennsylvania Volunteer infantry regiment when it took the field in the Peach Orchard at Gettysburg"The Civil War, 1840s-1890s"; by Roger E. Hernandez, Roger E. Hernndez; ; * Colonel Miguel E. Pino – commanded the 2nd Regiment of New Mexico Volunteers, which fought at the Battle of Valverde in February and the Battle of Glorieta Pass and helped defeat the attempted invasion of New Mexico by the Confederate Army * Colonel Santos Benavides – commanded his own regiment, the "Benavides Regiment"; highest ranking Mexican-American in the Confederate Army * Major Salvador Vallejo – officer in one of the California units that served with the Union Army in the West * Captain Adolfo Fernández Cavada – served in the 114th Pennsylvania Volunteers at Gettysburg with his brother, Colonel Federico Fernandez Cavada; served with distinction in the Army of the Potomac from Fredericksburg to Gettysburg; "special aide-de-camp" to General Andrew A. Humphreys *Captain Rafael Chacón – Mexican American leader of the Union New Mexico Volunteers. * Captain Roman Anthony Baca – member of the Union forces in the New Mexico Volunteers; spy for the Union Army in Texas * Lieutenant Augusto Rodríguez (soldier), Augusto Rodriguez – Puerto Rican people, Puerto Rican native; officer in the 15th Connecticut Infantry Regiment, 15th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, of the Union Army; served in the defenses of Washington, D.C., and led his men in the Battles of Battle of Fredericksburg, Fredericksburg and Battle of Wyse Fork, Wyse Fork"The Puerto Rican Diaspora: historical perspectives"; By Carmen Teresa Whalen, Víctor Vázquez-Hernandez; page 176; Publisher: Temple University Press; ; * Lola Sánchez (Confederate spy), Lola Sánchez – Cuban born woman who became a Confederate spy; helped the Confederates obtain a victory against the Union Forces in the "Battle of Horse Landing" * Loreta Janeta Velázquez, also known as "Lieutenant Harry Buford" – Cuban people, Cuban woman who donned Confederate garb and served as a Confederate officer and spy during the American Civil War
World War I* Major General Luis R. Esteves, United States Army – in 1915, became the first Latino to graduate from the United States Military Academy ("West Point"); organized the Puerto Rican National Guard * Private Marcelino Serna – undocumented Mexican people, Mexican immigrant who joined the United States Army and became the most decorated soldier from Texas in World War I; first Latino to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (United States), Distinguished Service Cross
World War II* Lieutenant General Pedro del Valle – first Latino to reach the rank of Lieutenant general (United States), lieutenant general; played an instrumental role in the seizure of Guadalcanal and Okinawa as commanding general of the 1st Marine Division (United States), U.S. 1st Marine Division during World War II * Lieutenant General Elwood Richard Quesada, Elwood R. Quesada (1904–1993) – commanding general of the 9th Fighter Command, where he established advanced headquarters on the Normandy beachhead on Normandy Landings, D-Day plus one, and directed his planes in Military aviation, aerial cover and Close air support, air support for the Allied invasion of the European continent during World War II. He was the foremost proponent of "the inherent flexibility of air power", a principle he helped prove during the war. * Major General Terry de la Mesa Allen Sr. (1888–1969) – commanding general of the 1st Infantry Division (United States), 1st Infantry Division in North Africa and Sicily during World War II; commander of the 104th Infantry Division (United States), 104th Infantry Division * Colonel Virgil R. Miller – regimental commander of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (United States), 442d Regimental Combat Team, a unit composed of "Nisei" (second generation Americans of Japanese descent), during World War II; led the 442nd in its rescue of the Lost Texas Battalion of the 36th Infantry Division (United States), 36th Infantry Division, in the forests of the Vosges Mountains in northeastern France * Captain Marion Frederic Ramírez de Arellano (1913–1980) – served in World War II; first Latino submarine commander * First Lieutenant Oscar Francis Perdomo – of the 464th Fighter Squadron, 507th Fighter Group; the last "Ace in a Day" for the United States in World War II * CWO2 Joseph B. Aviles Sr. – member of the United States Coast Guard; first Latino-American to be promoted to chief petty officer; received a wartime promotion to chief warrant officer (November 27, 1944), thus becoming the first Latino American to reach that level as well * Sergeant First Class Agustín Ramos Calero – most decorated Latino soldier in the European Theatre of World War II * PFC Guy Gabaldon, United States Marine Corps – captured over a thousand prisoners during the World War II Battle of Saipan * Tech4 Carmen Contreras-Bozak – first Latinas and World War II, Latina woman to serve in the United States Women's Army Corps, where she served as an interpreter and in numerous administrative positions
Korean War* Major General Salvador E. Felices, United States Air Force – flew in 19 combat missions over North Korea during the Korean War in 1953. In 1957, he participated in "Operation Power Flite", a historic project that was given to the 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, Fifteenth Air Force by the Strategic Air Command headquarters. Operation Power Flite was the first around the world non-stop flight by an Jet aircraft, all-jet aircraft. * First Lieutenant Baldomero Lopez – the only Latino graduate of the United States Naval Academy ("Annapolis") to be awarded the Medal of Honor * Sergeant First Class Modesto Cartagena – member of the 65th Infantry Regiment, an all-Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican regiment also known as "The Borinqueneers", during World War II and the Korean War; most decorated Puerto Rican soldier in history
Cuban Missile Crisis* Admiral Horacio Rivero, Jr. – second Latino four-star admiral; commander of the American fleet sent by President John F. Kennedy to set up a quarantine (blockade) of the Soviet Union, Soviet ships during the Cuban Missile Crisis
Vietnam War* Sergeant First Class Jorge Otero Barreto a.k.a. "The Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican John Rambo, Rambo"– the most decorated Latino American soldier in the Vietnam War
After Vietnam* Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez – top commander of the Coalition forces during the first year of the occupation of Iraq, 2003–2004, during the Iraq War * Lieutenant General Edward D. Baca – in 1994, became the first Latino Chief of the National Guard Bureau * Vice Admiral Antonia Novello, M.D., United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps – in 1990, became the first Latino (and first female) U.S. Surgeon General * Vice Admiral Richard Carmona, M.D., United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Public Health Service Commissioned Corps – served as the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, under President George W. Bush * Brigadier General Joseph V. Medina, USMC – made history by becoming the first Marine Corps officer to take command of a Flotilla, naval flotilla * Rear Admiral Ronald J. Rábago – first person of Latin American descent to be promoted to rear admiral (lower half) in the United States Coast Guard * Captain Linda Garcia Cubero, United States Air Force – in 1980, became the first Latina woman graduate of the United States Air Force * Major General Erneido Oliva – deputy commanding general of the D.C. National Guard * Brigadier General Carmelita Vigil-Schimmenti, United States Air Force – in 1985 became the first Latina female to attain the rank of brigadier general in the Air Force * Brigadier General Angela Salinas – on August 2, 2006, became the first Latina female to obtain a general rank in the Marines * Chief Master Sergeant Ramón Colón-López – pararescueman; in 2007, was the only Latino among the first six airmen to be awarded the newly created Air Force Combat Action Medal * Specialist Hilda Clayton (1991–2013) – combat photographer with 55th Signal Company who captured the explosion that killed her and four Afghan soldiers.
Medal of HonorThe following 43 Latinos were awarded the Medal of Honor: Philip Bazaar, Joseph H. De Castro, John Ortega, France Silva, David B. Barkley, Lucian Adams, Rudolph B. Davila, Marcario Garcia, Harold Gonsalves, David M. Gonzales, Silvestre S. Herrera, Jose M. Lopez, Joe P. Martinez, Manuel Perez Jr., Cleto L. Rodriguez, Alejandro R. Ruiz, Jose F. Valdez, Ysmael R. Villegas, Fernando Luis García, Edward Gomez, Ambrosio Guillen, Rodolfo P. Hernandez, Baldomero Lopez, Benito Martinez (soldier), Benito Martinez, Eugene Arnold Obregon, Joseph C. Rodriguez, John P. Baca, Roy P. Benavidez, Emilio A. De La Garza, Ralph E. Dias, Daniel D. Fernández, Daniel Fernandez, Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez, Alfredo Cantu "Freddy" Gonzalez, Jose Francisco Jimenez, Miguel Keith, Carlos Lozada (Medal of Honor), Carlos James Lozada, Alfred V. Rascon, Louis R. Rocco, Euripides Rubio, Hector Santiago-Colon, Elmelindo Rodrigues Smith, Jay R. Vargas, Humbert Roque Versace and Maximo Yabes.
National intelligence* In the spy arena, Jose Rodriguez (intelligence), José Rodríguez, a native of Puerto Rico, was the deputy director of operations and subsequently Director of the National Clandestine Service (D/NCS), two senior positions in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), between 2004 and 2007. * Lieutenant Colonel Mercedes O. Cubria (1903–1980), a.k.a. ''La Tía'' (The Aunt), was the first Cuban-born female officer in the United States Army. She served in the Women's Army Corps during World War II and in the United States Army during the Korean War, and was recalled into service during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In 1988, she was posthumously inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.
Science and technologyAmong Latino Americans who have excelled in science are Luis Walter Álvarez, Nobel Prize–winning physicist of Spanish descent, and his son Walter Alvarez, a geologist. They first proposed that an asteroid impact on the Yucatán Peninsula caused the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, extinction of the dinosaurs. Mario J. Molina won the Nobel Prize in chemistry and currently works in the chemistry department at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Victor Manuel Blanco is an astronomer who in 1959 discovered "Blanco 1", a galactic cluster. F. J. Duarte is a laser physicist and author; he received the ''Engineering Excellence Award'' from the prestigious Optical Society of America for the invention of the N-Slit interferometer, N-slit laser interferometer. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa is the director of the Pituitary Surgery Program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the director of the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Laboratory at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Physicist Albert Baez made important contributions to the early development of X-ray microscopes and later X-ray telescopes. His nephew John Carlos Baez is also a noted mathematical physicist. Francisco J. Ayala is a biologist and philosopher, former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been awarded the National Medal of Science and the Templeton Prize. Peruvian-American biophysicist Carlos Bustamante has been named a Searle Scholar and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow. Luis von Ahn is one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing and the founder of the companies reCAPTCHA and Duolingo. Colombian-American Ana Maria Rey received a MacArthur Fellowship for her work in atomic physics in 2013. Dr. Fernando E. Rodríguez Vargas discovered the bacteria that cause dental cavity. Dr. Gualberto Ruaño is a biotechnology pioneer in the field of personalized medicine and the inventor of molecular diagnostic systems, Coupled Amplification and Sequencing (CAS) System, used worldwide for the management of viral diseases. Fermín Tangüis was an agriculturist and scientist who developed the Tangüis Cotton in Peru and saved that nation's cotton industry. Severo Ochoa, born in Spain, was a co-winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Dr. Sarah Stewart (cancer researcher), Sarah Stewart, a Mexican-American Microbiologist, is credited with the discovery of the Polyomavirus and successfully demonstrating that cancer causing viruses could be transmitted from animal to animal. Mexican-American psychiatrist Dr. Nora Volkow, whose brain imaging studies helped characterize the mechanisms of drug addiction, is the current director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Helen Rodríguez Trías, an early advocate for women's reproductive rights, helped drive and draft U.S. federal sterilization guidelines in 1979. She was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton, and was the first Latina president of the American Public Health Association. Some Latinos have made their names in astronautics, including several NASA astronauts: Franklin Chang-Diaz, the first Latin American NASA astronaut, is co-recordholder for the most flights in outer space, and is the leading researcher on the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, plasma engine for rockets; France A. Córdova, former NASA chief scientist; Juan R. Cruz, NASA aerospace engineer; Lieutenant Carlos I. Noriega, NASA mission specialist and computer scientist; Dr. Orlando Figueroa, mechanical engineer and director of Mars exploration in NASA; Amri Hernández-Pellerano, engineer who designs, builds and tests the electronics that will regulate the solar array power in order to charge the spacecraft battery and distribute power to the different loads or users inside various spacecraft at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Olga D. González-Sanabria won an R&D 100 Award for her role in the development of the "Long Cycle-Life Nickel-Hydrogen Batteries" which help enable the International Space Station power system. Mercedes Reaves, research engineer and scientist who is responsible for the design of a viable full-scale solar sail and the development and testing of a scale model solar sail at NASA Langley Research Center. Dr. Pedro Rodriguez (NASA), Pedro Rodríguez, inventor and mechanical engineer who is the director of a test laboratory at NASA and of a portable, battery-operated lift seat for people suffering from knee arthritis. Dr. Felix Soto Toro, electrical engineer and astronaut applicant who developed the Advanced Payload Transfer Measurement System (ASPTMS) (Electronic 3D measuring system); Ellen Ochoa, a pioneer of spacecraft technology and astronaut; Joseph M. Acaba, Joseph Acaba, Fernando Caldeiro, Sidney M. Gutierrez, Sidney Gutierrez, José M. Hernández, Michael López-Alegría, John D. Olivas, John Olivas and George D. Zamka, George Zamka, who are current or former astronauts.
FootballThere have been far fewer American football, football and basketball players, let alone star players, but Tom Flores was the first Latino head coach and the first Latino quarterback in American professional football, and won Super Bowls as a player, as assistant coach and as head coach for the Oakland Raiders. Anthony Múñoz is enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, ranked No. 17 on Sporting News's 1999 list of the 100 greatest football players, and was the highest-ranked offensive lineman. Jim Plunkett won the Heisman Trophy and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and Joe Kapp is inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. Steve Van Buren, Martin Gramatica, Victor Cruz (American football), Victor Cruz, Tony Gonzalez, Ted Hendricks, Marc Bulger, Tony Romo and Mark Sanchez can also be cited among successful Latinos in the National Football League (NFL).
BaseballLatinos have played in the Major Leagues since the very beginning of organized baseball, with Cuban player Steve Bellán, Esteban Bellán being the first (1873). The large number of Latino American stars in Major League Baseball (MLB) includes players like Ted Williams (considered by many to be the greatest hitter of all time), Sammy Sosa, Alex Rodriguez, Alex Rios, Miguel Cabrera, Lefty Gómez, Dolf Luque, Adolfo Luque, Iván Rodríguez, Carlos González (baseball), Carlos González, Roberto Clemente, Adrián González, José Fernández (pitcher), Jose Fernandez, David Ortiz, Juan Marichal, Fernando Valenzuela, Nomar Garciaparra, Albert Pujols, Omar Vizquel, managers Mike González (catcher), Miguel Angel Gonzalez (the first Latino Major League manager), Al López, Ozzie Guillén and Felipe Alou, and General Manager Omar Minaya. Latinos in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, MLB Hall of Fame include Roberto Alomar, Luis Aparicio, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Pedro Martínez, Tony Pérez, Iván Rodríguez, Ted Williams, Reggie Jackson, Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martínez, Edgar Martinez and Roberto Clemente. Afro-Latin Americans, Afro-Latino players Martín Dihigo, Martin Dihigo, José Méndez, Jose Mendez and Cristóbal Torriente are Latino Hall of Famers who played in the Negro league baseball, Negro leagues.
BasketballTrevor Ariza, Mark Aguirre, Carmelo Anthony, Manu Ginóbili, Carlos Arroyo, Gilbert Arenas, Rolando Blackman, Pau Gasol, José Calderón (basketball), Jose Calderon, José Juan Barea and Charlie Villanueva can be cited in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Dick Versace made history when he became the first person of Latino heritage to coach an NBA team. Rebecca Lobo was a major star and champion of collegiate (National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)) and Olympic Games, Olympic basketball and played professionally in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Diana Taurasi became just the seventh player ever to win an NCAA title, a WNBA title and as well an Olympic gold medal. Orlando Antigua became in 1995 the first Latino and the first non-black in 52 years to play for the Harlem Globetrotters.
TennisTennis players includes legend Pancho Gonzales and Olympic tennis champions and professional players Mary Joe Fernández and Gigi Fernández and 2016 Puerto Rican Gold Medalist Monica Puig.
SoccerLatinos are present in all major American sports and leagues, but have particularly influenced the growth in popularity of soccer in the United States. Soccer is the most popular sport across , and Portugal, and Latinos brought the heritage of soccer playing to the United States. Major League Soccer teams such as Chivas USA, LA Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo, for example, have a fanbase composed primarily of Mexican Americans. Association football players in the Major League Soccer (MLS) includes several like Tab Ramos, Claudio Reyna, Omar Gonzalez, Marcelo Balboa and Carlos Bocanegra.
SwimmingSwimmers Ryan Lochte (the second-most decorated swimmer in Olympic history measured by total number of medals) and Dara Torres (one of three women with the most Olympic women's swimming medals), both of Cuban ancestry, have won multiple medals at various Olympic Games over the years. Torres is also the first American swimmer to appear in five Olympic Games. Maya DiRado, of Argentine ancestry, won four medals at the 2016 games, including two gold medals.
Other sportsBoxing's first Latino American world champion was Solly Smith. Some other champions include Oscar De La Hoya, Miguel Cotto, Bobby Chacon, Brandon Ríos, Michael Carbajal, John Ruiz, Andy Ruiz Jr. and Mikey Garcia. Ricco Rodriguez, Tito Ortiz, Diego Sanchez, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Dominick Cruz, Frank Shamrock, Gilbert Melendez, Roger Huerta, Carlos Condit, Tony Ferguson, Jorge Masvidal, Kelvin Gastelum, Henry Cejudo and UFC Heavy Weight Champion Cain Velasquez have been competitors in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) of mixed martial arts. In 1991, Bill Guerin whose mother is Nicaraguan became the first Latino player in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was also selected to four National Hockey League All-Star Game, NHL All-Star Games. In 1999, Scott Gomez won the Calder Memorial Trophy, NHL Rookie of the Year Award. Figure skater Rudy Galindo; golfers Juan "Chi-Chi" Rodríguez, Chi Chi Rodríguez, Nancy López and Lee Trevino; softball player Lisa Fernández; and Paul Rodriguez (skateboarder), Paul Rodríguez Jr., X Games professional skateboarder, are all Latino Americans who have distinguished themselves in their sports. In gymnastics, Laurie Hernandez, who is of Puerto Rican ancestry, was a gold medalist at the 2016 Games. In sports entertainment we find the Professional wrestling, professional wrestlers Hulk Hogan, Alberto Del Rio, Rey Mysterio, Jr., Rey Mysterio, Eddie Guerrero, Seth Rollins, Tyler Black and Melina Perez, Melina Pérez and executive Vickie Guerrero.
LatinophobiaIn countries where the majority of the population is descended from immigrants, such as the United States, opposition to immigration sometimes takes the form of Nativism (politics), nativism and racism. Throughout History of the United States, U.S. history, Latinophobia has existed to varying degrees, and it was largely based on Ethnic group, ethnicity, Race (human categorization), race (see Racism in the United States), culture, Anti-Catholicism (see Anti-Catholicism in the United States), economic and social conditions in , and opposition to the use of the Spanish language. In 2006, ''Time (magazine), Time Magazine'' reported that the number of hate groups in the United States increased by 33 percent since 2000, primarily due to anti-illegal immigrant and anti-Mexican sentiment. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics, the number of anti-Latino hate crimes increased by 35 percent since 2003 (albeit from a low level). In California, the state with the largest Latino population, the number of hate crimes which were committed against Latinos almost doubled. In 2009, the FBI reported that 4,622 of the 6,604 hate crimes which were recorded in the United States were anti-Latino, comprising 70.3% of all recorded hate crimes, the highest percentage of all of the hate crimes which were recorded in 2009. This percentage is contrasted by the fact that 34.6% of all of the hate crimes which were recorded in 2009 were anti-black, 17.9% of them were Homophobia, anti-homosexual, 14.1% of them were Antisemitism, anti-Jewish, and 8.3% of them were anti-white.
See alsoPlaces of settlement in United States: * List of U.S. communities with Hispanic- or Latino-majority in the 2010 census * List of U.S. cities with large Hispanic and Latino populations * List of U.S. cities by Spanish-speaking population * Hispanics and Latinos in New Jersey * Hispanics and Latinos in Massachusetts * Hispanics and Latinos in Washington, D.C. * Hispanic and Latino Americans in California * Hispanic and Latino Americans in Arizona * Hispanic and Latino Americans in New Mexico * Hispanic and Latino Americans in Texas * Hispanic and Latino Americans in Nevada * Hispanic and Latino Americans in Florida Diaspora: * Latino diaspora * Latinidad * Latin Americans ** Latin American Australians ** Latin American Canadians ** Latin American migration to the United Kingdom, Latin Americans in the United Kingdom * Latin American Asian * Migration from Latin America to Europe, Latin Americans in Europe Individuals: * List of Hispanic and Latino Americans ** Hispanics and Latinos in the American Civil War ** Hispanic Americans in World War II, Hispanic and Latino Americans in World War II ** Hispanics and Latinos in the United States Air Force ** Hispanics and Latinos in the United States Coast Guard ** Hispanics and Latinos in the United States Marine Corps ** Hispanics and Latinos in the United States Navy *** Hispanic and Latino Admirals in the United States Navy *** Hispanics and Latinos in the United States Naval Academy Other Hispanic and Latino Americans topics: * National Alliance for Hispanic Health * White Hispanic and Latino Americans * List of U.S. place names of Spanish origin * Latino National Survey, 2006 General: * Demographics of the United States ** Hispanos
Surveys and historiography* Bean, Frank D., and Marta Tienda. ''The Hispanic Population of the United States'' (1987), statistical analysis of demography and social structure * Miguel A. De La Torre. ''Encyclopedia on Hispanic American Religious Culture'' (2 vol. ABC-CLIO Publishers, 2009). * De Leon, Arnoldo, and Richard Griswold Del Castillo. ''North to Aztlan: A History of Mexican Americans in the United States'' (2006) * Garcia, Maria Cristina. "Hispanics in the United States." ''Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture,'' edited by Jay Kinsbruner and Erick D. Langer, (2nd ed., vol. 3, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2008), pp. 696–728
Pre 1965* Bogardus, Emory S. ''The Mexican in the United States'' (1934), sociological * Gamio, Manuel. ''The Life Story of the Mexican Immigrant'' (1931) * Gamio, Manuel. ''Mexican Immigration to the United States'' (1939) * García, Mario T. ''Mexican Americans: Leadership, Ideology and Identity, 1930–1960'' (1989) * García, Mario T. ''Desert Immigrants. The Mexicans of El Paso, 1880–1920'' (1982) 348 pp
Culture and politics, post 1965* Abrajano, Marisa A., and R. Michael Alvarez, eds. ''New Faces, New Voices: The Hispanic Electorate in America'' (Princeton University Press; 2010) 219 pages. Documents the generational and other diversity of the Hispanic electorate and challenges myths about voter behavior. * Aranda, José, Jr. ''When We Arrive: A New Literary History of Mexican America.'' U. of Arizona Press, 2003. 256 pp. * Arreola, Daniel D., ed. ''Hispanic Spaces, Latino Places: Community and Cultural Diversity in Contemporary America.'' 2004. 334 pp. * Badillo, David A. ''Latinos and the New Immigrant Church.'' 2006. 275 pp
Women* Elizabeth Martínez, Martinez, Elizabeth. ''500 Years of Chicana Women's History/500 anos de la mujer Chicana,'' Rutgers University Press (Bilingual Edition) 2008.
Regional and local* Overmyer-Velazquez, Mark. ''Latino America: A State-by-State Encyclopedia'' (2 vol. 2008
Texas and Southwest* Alonzo, Armando C. ''Tejano Legacy: Rancheros and Settlers in South Texas, 1734–1900'' (1998)
Other regions* Bullock, Charles S., and M. V. Hood, "A Mile‐Wide Gap: The Evolution of Hispanic Political Emergence in the Deep South." ''Social Science Quarterly'' 87.5 (2006): 1117–1135
Primary sources* Richard Ellis, ed. ''New Mexico Past and Present: A Historical Reader.'' 1971. * David J. Weber; ''Foreigners in Their Native Land: Historical Roots of the Mexican Americans'' (1973), primary sources to 1912