That's the reason I'd rather describe myself just as mexican instead of latina =) that way I'm saying I speak spanish and that I'm from Mexico (aside from eating beans, have a brown skin and black hair, like loud music and enjoy parties with lots of people).
Bravoooooooo! Nice article! To tell you the truth I was born in Cuba, my father was from Germany and my mother Cuban, her parents were from Europe. I have always felt latina in a way that I embrace our culture, language, food, traditions, even though I have been in this country for almost my entire life.
I can't understand or speak spanish. I mean I know a tiny bit, but not enough to be comfortable even saying it. Both my parents were born in the US. I have had people say I am to "white" to be hispanic.
I am proud to be spanish though, and I don't feel I'm less because of those things.