After watching some dumb "latinos saying things white people says" buzzfeed video I really began to wonder...why the hell do americans think that "white" is an ethnicity that can only encompass "everyone from europe, except spain of course".
I'm costa rican, most people here are white, as in, really white, to the point that when I've been outside of the country, all of the locals keep telling me I look like im from russia, netherlands, or bosnia.
Yet for americans, if I tell them I'm from costa rica, they go "oh so you're not white, you're latino".
My skin is white, it really doesn't matter if I'm not from ireland or something like that, it doesn't changes the fact that my skin is white, that not every latino is going to have dark skin, just like not every european is going to have white skin. This isnt something to imply that skin color makes you superior or anything, but it just pisses me off to see americans saying that "being white" is not a matter of skin color (which should be) but rather a matter of where you were born.
So why the hell is it like this? Is there any sort of explanation for it?