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La Raza

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La Raza

The Spanish term La Raza translates as "the Race", Spanish raza having the meaning of "race, ethnicity; breed, strain, lineage". The term expresses ethnic or racial pride, and is used with somewhat different shades of meaning in Spain and in Hispanic America.

Argentine government poster from 1947 including the concept of la Raza.

In Spain, raza denotes specifically Spanish or European Christian (Roman Catholic) heritage. The Francoist film Raza of 1944, which celebrates ideally Spanish national qualities, exemplifies this usage.

In Latin America, la raza may emphasize Native American heritage, or it may express Latino (Hispanic) identity (La Raza being short for La Raza Hispánica). Día de la Raza marks the arrival of Christopher Columbus to America. The National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group in the United States of America, uses the term.

"La Raza" is a popular song among Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. The

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