How do Hispanic people feel when nonnative Spanish speakers speak in Spanish to them

How do Hispanic people feel when non-native Spanish speakers speak in Spanish to them?

I'm black (African-American), but I think my experience would apply to white people almost equally since “color” is less of a issue with Latin Americans (except when it is);
Denial
I frequently have the experience where even though it's likely or obvious that I speak Spanish, the person refuses to believe it at length.
I was with a Canadian friend of mine in Mexico (who didn't speak Spanish), and a stranger approached her and asked her to translate to me.
My friend looked at me and said, “What did she say?” It took me translating the awkward exchange a few times before the person accepted I was the one who actually spoke Spanish.
I promise you I've conversed with people for a minute or two before they ask me if I speak Spanish, as if we'd been conversing in English.
That's happened several times.
This is less shocking, but I'll be with a Hispanic friend and the new person will ask if I speak Spanish.
My friend will (often enthusiastically) assure the person that I do, but they will continue to direct questions about me to my friend.
I will begin to answer the questions myself and then I get that famous queston: “¿Hablas un poquito o mucho?”
Enthusiasm
After initial confusion, they are always enthusiastic and delighted that I've learned their language.
They praise and congratulate me with effusive joy, sometimes imploring God to bless me for my efforts.
It's nice.
Investigation
They try to guess why I speak Spanish so well, and usually assume I'm Panamanian or Dominican.
Most accept it when I say I'm American, but there are always those that are suspicious, annoyed, or even offended that I won't “confess” my true heritage.
In those cases, I get asked where my parents, grandparents, and great grandparents are from.
When I tell them my family has been in the States for 300 years or more, it's world altering.
Apparently, many believe true Americans are white.
I've had to relunctantly give 5-minute lectures on Native Americans, European migration, and (sigh) slavery in the a buffet line while scooping gallo pinto or enmoladas de pollo on my plate.
I should mention Investigation happens with people from more racially homogenous countries, like Mexico or Guatemala, and less in countries like Colombia or Puerto Rico.

If you look like you're making at least a minimal effort, we appreciate that you try to speak out language.
Unlike other language where native speakers become very snobbish about their language (looking at you French), Spanish speakers tend to be very open regarding who speaks Spanish.
Heck, even if you end up speaking English with the waiter at a restaurant, the fact that you at least tried to speak in whatever broken Spanish you learned is appreciated.
This can make the difference between being thought of as a cultured well-traveled person or an obnoxious ignorant tourist.
However, we still ask to be respectful with the language.
If you learn basic Spanish and in the first day of your trip you speak butchered Spanish but expect or even demand to be treated like a local and get angry if you don't, or still act like an obnoxious stereotypical tourist (cue in British prawns), expect the actual locals to take advantage of you like flies in a honeypot; in these cases, a little humility goes a long way.
Realize you’re the guest here, not the host, and that this isn’t always like back home.
(Also, I don't even know how Americans are able to find any racist connotation in the question; I had to read a couple of answers to even notice how it could be taken as such.
Hispanic merely means 'native Spanish speaker', so it's use here is correct.
The fact that you associate it with dark-skinned Mexican immigrants is your problem, not the question’s or the asker’s.
Like seriously, half of your answers are just you trying to 'correct the racism' like “you know there are white people in Latin America, right?” while not raising the possibility that the question might not even be racist, and you might be the one who is, given it was you who found it as such.
)

On my very first trip to the US, we were sent to Miami, our luggage was lost, while our friends were waiting for us at Fort Lauderdale.
It was late, and I needed to know whether the airport was open long enough for them to have time to get us.
So I go over to a guy leaning on his broom, and I ask him in my best English how long the airport was open.
All I got was un unfriendly look and a ‘no comprendo’.
So I repeated the question in Spanish.
At double speed.
The man immediately straightened up, and stood almost like a soldier at attention, and said ‘a sus órdenes, señora’, and then answered my question.
Later in the trip we went to San Francisco where two electricians from El Salvador were sent to fix an electrical problem in our room.
We chatted along happily for a few minutes until one of them asked which country I came from.
I told him I came from Norway, and got a confused look and a ‘I did not know you spoke Spanish in Norway’.
Those incidents, and several others made me realize that they really don’t expect foreigners to speak Spanish.
If someone does speak Spanish, they are expected to speak with a heavy accent.
And if they do speak it with a near native accent, they are assumed to have it as a heritage language.
Since I look about as un- Hispanic as you could imagine, they get confused, and I get a ton of compliments.
I speak several languages, but Spanish is the one language I really could not imagine not knowing.
It is part of my soul.

And again we can see the typical stereotype about race in Spanish speaking countries.
Why do you assume that Spanish speakers are everything but not white?
Latin America and Spain have a huge diversity of ethnies and races, including white people.
I’m from Chile and most people I’ve ever talked are either mestizos (mix of white and indigenous) or white.
In my country the white population is between 30 and 50 percent according to various studies.
This is the majority.

Here are some examples:
There are more but these are good damn examples.

Most white people who have ever spoken Spanish to me are native speakers.
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