Can You Be 'White Hispanic'? Twitter Reacts To Controversial Tweet About Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter

Ft. Lauderdale Airport Shooting
Image from the scene at the Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Getty Images

Esteban Santiago has been identified as the shooter of the Ft. Lauderdale airport tragedy. During the conflicting reports of his background one Twitter user identified him as a "white hispanic" and replies to that message were of confusion.

Apparently some people don't realize that Hispanic and Latinos come in different shades. What some social media users fail to realize is that Hispanic is an ethnicity and "white" is a race.

There are Hispanics that identify as white. Just remember on the U.S. Census forms, where they ask to classify yourself and it says "white, not of Hispanic or Latino origin".

The term "white hispanic" started to be used to describe Santiago when an alleged criminal history record surfaced. In the description for race he is classified as white. People are conflicted by this as the photo of the supposed Esteban Santiago has a seemmingly darker complexion.

Take a look at some of the reactions relating to the term "white hispanic":

What do you think?

Armando Tinoco is an Orange County-based writer with a degree in Marketing from Cal. State Fullerton and a degree in Graphic Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. In addition to reporting for Latin Times and when he is not watching Brazilian and Mexican telenovelas or quoting lines from "Clueless" and "Friends" he is brushing up his skills in CSS and responsive website design. Some of his celebrity idols include Eiza Gonzalez, Paulina Rubio and Amanda Bynes.