In a recent interview, author and professor at UIUC Isabel Molina-Guzmán speaks on the issue that Latino/as are looked at as all the same by the general public, instead of being looked at deeper for the many layers that make up the big picture. To put the next three blogs into context, Professor Molina-Guzmán sets it up perfectly:
"The tendency [of others] is to lump all Latinos together by ignoring key differences between them. Puerto Ricans, Cubans, [Dominicans] and Mexicans, the big [four] Latino groups in the U.S., who have very different claims to citizenship, are all similarly implicated in the backlash toward Latino immigration." (1)
This "negative lumping of Latinos" is detrimental to Latino/as progress and below are mechanisms and explanations on why each group is becoming more and more indistinguishable from each other.
1 Chamberlain, Craig. "A Minute With...." December 9th, 2009. http://illinois.edu/lb/article/72/27530/page=4/list=list (accessed December 10th, 2009).