The other day I was filling out a form for a "becca" (scholarship) and I saw the part of the form that talked out extra benefits for hispanics. For fun I looked up the exact meaning of hispanic. In short the dictionary stated that a hispanic is anyone who speaks a Spanish language dialect with an amount of fluidity in that dialect, who is living en los Estados Unidos. It also mentioned that this has nothing to do with ancestry, and that if a person is of Spanish decent, then they are considered, latino (from latin american countries) or Spanish (if from Spain). Therefore anyone who speaks Spanish with fluency in the States is technically considered hispanic, and therefore legally, can state that they are such on government and other papers. A funny thing to note is that the term hispanic is really only used here in the USA to denote Spanish speaking people, therefore it makes sense that hispanic would really only mean a Spanish speaker living in the states, and not be directly linked to being of a spanish decent. Therefore saying someone is of hispanic decent, which many people use, is actually an incorrect statement.