Let’s stop the use of the term “White Hispanic” especially if you are a journalist. We as Hispanics do not use that label. We come in different shades but that’s about it.
On the day of the deadly shooting in Fort Lauderdale, Tariq Nasheed went on Twitter and used the term “White Hispanic” to describe the suspect. The self-proclaimed “Anti-racism strategist” tweeted:
Yes, I heard the term used during the George Zimmerman case, but again that does not make the term acceptable including in news report or social media posts.
People on Twitter slapped Nasheed with harsh criticism for using that term. He found no problem using “White Hispanic” because the government uses it.
Nasheed has yet to respond to my tweets. I’m waiting.
Take it from me, as a person who has been a Hispanic for more than 50 years. We don’t use that term and we don’t divide our people. And as veteran journalist, we know better as reporters not to use government terms when telling a story.
Learn from Tariq Nasheed’s mistake.
Hispanics are Hispanics.