Why do some people insist on the fact that the Taino don't exist?

I've read the opinions of several people here on Y/A that claim that Tainos don't exist.

While it's true that the tribe became extinct shortly after the Spaniards set foot on the island >500 years ago, there are many Puerto Ricans alive that are descended from them.

The thing is that some of these Puerto Ricans identify as Taino. While that's perhaps a bit inaccurate, I'm not going to argue with them because that's none of my business.

Therefore, I don't understand why do some people get so offended if these Puerto Ricans claim to be Taino when they themselves have zero links with that tribe or Puerto Rico. It's their heritage after all so they should be left alone IMHO.

3 Answers

  • 1 year ago

    Modern Puerto Ricans are as Tainos as Black Americans are white people... actually black Americans are more white, and I'm not just talking about genetically.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    most ethnicities cannot be claimed by people who don't speak the LANGUAGE

  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    That seems really silly to me, when it comes to Puerto Ricans, it’s usually more like "don’t claim my culture"

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