So we got a Latino pope from Argentina in the Vatican.

Well, I never heard of the guy and know nothing about him. But I’d be saying the same thing regardless of which Cardinal became the pope.  This man’s last name is clearly Italian though so I wonder if he considers himself a Latino. I find it interesting though that the old boys at the Vatican picked someone from a Spanish speaking country. That’s a pretty big step for Latinos in the world. Pope Francesco. But do Argentinians consider themselves Latinos, or European?

What do you guys think? Is he really Latino? Does he relate to Latinos? Do the powers that be look at him as such?  Can he even speak spanish? These are serious questions by the way.

Look, call me crazy, but I can’t help but think that if his last name were Rodriguez and he was from a Spanish speaking country that he would not be the current pope. Am I wrong? What do I know?  I just see everyone making a big deal because he’s from Argentina, so it brought these questions to mind.

What do you think?


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Mike Böcchinfusö
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Angel, do you consider the people of Argentina to be Latino? I’m not trolling, genuinely curious here. They are very European with regards to culture and even genetics (there were barely any natives when the Europeans reached there, and the country wiped the few remaining ones out in the 19th century).

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Mike, it depends who you ask. But as a rule, not to be an ass, but I think they feel superior and believe they are purer than my culture for instance.

To answer your question, probably not. But don’t be surprised to see many articles referring to him as Latino in the coming days.

I work with Argentinian people, I’ll ask the ones I’m cool with. They definitely speak Spanish though.

Mike Böcchinfusö
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That was the mood I got when I visited Buenos Aires. They seemed to look down on the other countries nearby. Interestingly, many of them speak this mashup of Italian and Spanish; considering I speak the former and know a bit of the other, I found it easy to get by.

arodomus
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Do Argentinians consider themselves Latino? http://t.co/K8cwq0C5DX #argentinian

Angel Rodriguez
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#Argentinian is trending on twitter. I just asked the question there as well.

arodomus
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@GuatemalanChick do you think he considers himself as such? http://t.co/K8cwq0C5DX #argentinian

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@arodomus that’s YOUR opinion

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