I'm not even really sure what Hispanic means, I think the general concept (in modern times) is anyone with any cultural ties to Spain. Originally it referred to people of lineage to the people who lived in/on the Iberian Peninsula. An article found here says that one of the two ways the U.S. Government identifies Hispanic is as "Americans of Spanish origin or ancestry." Of course, the other identification is "a Hispanic is whoever says that he is a Hispanic and that no one who denies it can be considered one."
Well, I wish I had known that, maybe I could have gotten some help on my college applications and listed myself as a minority.
But, anyway, September 15th through October 15th is considered "Hispanic Heritage Month" in the U.S. I would be interested to know anything anyone has to say about it, especially the opinions of those outside of the U.S.
I might have considered myself Hispanic if my grandfather hadn't died when my father was young. Perhaps if he had any cultural ties to share they would have been passed to me, but unfortunately this is not what happened, so I merely consider myself white.