Chicano

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Chicano is a word for a Mexican American (i.e. Americans with Mexican - from Mexico or what is now the US - ancestors), deemed to be offensive by some Mexican Americans. It was originally a pejorative term, but was adopted by Chicano social rights activists as a political, positive term. Its etymology is uncertain, some link it to Mexicano (i.e. Mexican) - Chicano is sometimes written as Xicano, and in Old Spanish, the letter X was pronounced as modern English <sh> /S/. Others claim to find its true etymology in the Spanish word "chicana," meaning "harassment." Many Chicanos refer to themselves as "La raza" (literally, 'the race'). Some use the phrase "la raza de bronce", some see themselves as "brown" (as opposed to white and black people).