Originally posted by twhitehead
Here in Cape Town we tend to bundle people into three approximate groups: white, black and coloured. In reality, there are major differences in culture and ancestral origin for every one of those groups. 'coloured' can mean anything from mixed race to Indian to Indonesian. However, people do still, to some degree, live in neighbourhoods base ...[text shortened]... rt of his comedy routine, but it does highlight how easy it is to come to the wrong conclusions.
There are strongly defended differences here between different groups of Latino/Hispanic Americans. Cuban-Americans are particularly notable, as they have the Castro-led revolution as a founding moment. Lots of educated, moneyed professions such as physicians escaped Cuba in the 50's and settled in the Miami area. They are generally conservative Republican-leaning, at least in comparison to other L/H groups.
I am most familiar with Puerto Ricans due to my work, but never broke through the curtain they maintain vis a vis Anglo Americans (some of my colleagues did, by happening to speak Spanish or ability to party down and do the Macarena I kid you not.)
Mexicans look down on Puerto Ricans and the PR's know it. There was a moment when my company transferred a Mexican exec to run a plant in PR. He lasted less than a year. Part of it was that Mexican execs lived like royalty in a cosmopolitan world city. San Juan has gated high end neighborhoods but otherwise must have seemed like a slum.
And yes, except for some athletes, light-skinned individuals rule in PR and most L/H cultures.