It was not exactly surprising when new Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders banned the term “Latinx” from official state documents last month.
After all, Sanders is a Republican leading a red state. Like other Republicans in that situation, most notably Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sanders stood up for Hispanics and the Spanish language, which does not have an allegedly gender-neutral term like Latinx, by opposing what she called “ethnically insensitive and pejorative language.”
But opposition to this particularly grating piece of wokeness is growing in an unlikely location: deep blue Connecticut.
According to the Associated Press, a group of Hispanic Democrats in that state’s Legislature have filed a bill to rid official documents of the term Latinx as well.
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The main sponsor is state Rep. Geraldo Reyes Jr., one of five Hispanic Democratic lawmakers to endorse the idea.
“I’m of Puerto Rican descent, and I find it offensive,” he told the AP.
“The Spanish language, which is centuries old, defaults to Latino for everybody,” Reyes added. “It’s all-inclusive. They didn’t need to create a word. It already exists.”
A comment to the AP by David Pharies, a Spanish language professor at the University of Florida, suggested the drive for Latinx may have included a hint of cultural imperialism by liberals.
He noted that some Spanish speakers argue for replacing the “o” and “a” at the end of many Spanish nouns, which identifies the term’s gender, with an “e.”
But, Pharies added, “Latinx was clearly a solution that was proposed outside the Spanish-speaking world.”
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