The U.S. government came up with the term "Hispanic" in the 1970s to generally refer to people who could trace their origin to Spanish-speaking countries. The term "Latino" refers to origins from Latin America, which includes non-Spanish speaking countries like Brazil. The terms are often used interchangeably, which is a point of some contention in the wider community.If and when someone were to call me a hispanic or a latino I don't immediately flip out and correct them. I have been exposed to many other forms of what some people consider to be my nationality some good some bad. When ever I am asked what I am I quickly answer in a funny tone "Well a human of course". Then I take a few minutes explaining the difference of latino and hispanic and how it is that I'm hispanic. Growing up wasn't as bad as most people thought it was. I had friends that just saw me as just me and not a nationality. In the article Anna Rivas, of Boulder, Colorado states "On a regular basis I get asked where I'm from". "And I'll usually reply, 'My parents are from Mexico.' And I don't say, 'I'm Hispanic or Latino, or I'm from Mexico,' because I'm not." I guess using her theory I should consider myself a Bostonian seeing that I was born in Boston,MA.