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Here in Panama (and in my experience in most of the rest of Latin America), gringo is a simple descriptor and not offensive. Both Panamanians and American residents themselves use it casually in conversation. Of course, like any ethnic term, it can be used offensively, but that's not normally the case. If people want to be insulting, they'll say Yanqui, not gringo.

Back when I was almost the only American who lived in my apartment building, I happened to see the list the security guard had for the residents. I was amused to see that I was listed simply as "gringo." Also, once when I left my car at a garage when I returned and they handed me the keys I say they had been labeled. "Jeep: Gringo."
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If the word in question was negra, it would be stupid to be offended: it's not derogatory, and in your example and assuming it refers to the woman (not to, say, a jacket) it's descriptive. In some dialects of Spanish it can also be used as a term of endearment towards a woman who may or may not be black.
In Panama, it is my understanding that describing a person as negro/a is considered a bit crude/rude at best. The polite term is moreno/a. However, the diminutive negrita is fine.
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Not only does being a called a gringo not offend me, but neither does ALWAYS being seated in the back of the dining room at my favorite taqueria. It's in the legit Mexican ghetto, not one of those gentrified hipster sanctuaries. I clearly don't belong there, nor am I really wanted... but I tip big, and the food is magnífico. Muy bueno!
Food, "Comida" is a feminine noun, therefore it should be "magníficA" and "Muy buenA"
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First, it may help if you understood where the term "Gringo" came from!

In the early days of migration across the Mississippi River, the U.S. emigres would be out working their fields and sometimes they would SING! Sing? YES, SING! What would they sing? I thought you would never ask! One song that was popular at the time was:

Green Grow The Rushes

There's naught but care on every hand
in every hour that passes oh.
What signifies the life of man
if not for the lassies, ho!

Chorus:
Green grow the rushes, ho!
Green grow the rushes, ho!
The sweetest hours I ever spent
were spent among the lassies, ho!

(chorus)

The worldly race may riches chase,
and riches still may fly them, oh.
And, though at last they catch them fast,
their hearts can ne'er enjoy them, ho!

(chorus)

Give me a cannie hour at e'en,
my arms around my dearie, oh.
The wisest man the world e'er saw
dearly loved the lassies, ho!

(chorus)

Nature swears the lovely dears
her noblest work she classes, oh!
Her 'prentice hand she tried on man.
Then, she made the lassies, ho!

Green grow the rushes, ho!
Green grow the rushes, ho!

Now, when the Mexicans, who first saw these emigres from afar heard their song coming across the field, they heard the chorus and thought they were saying "Gringo," rather than "green grow." And, there you go. If one finds that insulting, it probably has more to do with the one than the word.
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First, it may help if you understood where the term "Gringo" came from!
It certainly may
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