After a recent poll found that everyday Hispanic-Americans reject the woke term “Latinx,” Hispanic leaders are falling in line.
As The Free Press reported last week, the polling firm Bendixen & Amandi International found that just 2 percent of Hispanics opt to identify as Latinx. That compares to 68 percent who chose Hispanic, or 21 percent who prefer Latino/Latina.
In Sunday, The Washington Times reported, “Woke speech codes suffered a major setback when some Hispanic lawmakers and the country’s oldest Latino rights group put the kibosh on the use of the transgender-friendly term ‘Latinx.’”
According to Google Trends, Latinx first appeared online around 2004. Hispanics in the LGBT community advocated the term to be more “inclusive” than the Spanish language itself. Like many of the world’s languages, Spanish has “masculine” and “feminine” versions of nouns. In recent years, woke liberals have gone along.
Yet among the liberals who rejected Latinx in the wake of the poll was Rep. Nydia Velazquez, a New York Democrat who was the first Puerto Rican woman elected to the House.
“I’m Latina, you know. Latinx — that’s, bulls–t,” she told the Times.
Rep. Ruben Gallego, an Arizona Democrat who has directed his staff to sato using the term, noted, “When Latino politicos use the term, it is largely to appease white rich progressives who think that is the term we use. … It is a vicious circle of confirmation bias.”
Also sending Latinx to the dustbin of language history was the League of United Latin American Citizens, or LULAC, America’s oldest civil rights group for Hispanics.
According to the Times, LULAC President Domingo García told the organization’s communications team and its board of directors last week to stop using Latinx in all of its official communications.
“We probably put a stake in the heart of that Latinx movement. I think we’re killing it,” García told the Times. “I don’t have anything against people who wanna use it and want to define themselves by it. LULAC just decided that we need to move on with terms that are more inclusive and more in use by everyday Joses and Marias.”
García also cited polls, such as that by Bendixen & Amandi, in pointing out that Latinx is “very unliked” by most Hispanics. In addition to find out out what term Hispanics prefer, the Bendixen & Amandi survey also revealed that 40 percent of respondents were offended by use of that term.
“The revolt against Latinx,” the Times reported, “also underscores how the far left is driving Hispanics from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.”
Democrats want everyone else to believe that Hispanics, who are now the second-largest minority group in the country, are as loyal to them as black Americans, 90 percent of whom tend to vote for Democrats.
Yet, as the Times noted, a Wall Street Journal poll last week found that when asked about a generic congressional ballot, Hispanics split at 37 percent for Democrats and 37 percent for Republicans.
García told the Times that feedback to his decision was overwhelmingly positive.
“Everybody says it’s about time. Why are people trying to define us when we already defined ourselves? It’s been like a groundswell of support,” he noted.
“Probably 95% of Latinos have never heard of the term. They don’t use the term, and it’s sort of an Ivy League, Eastern media concoction. That’s primarily where it’s used.”
This is pretty much what we could say about all liberal attempts to undermine the English language.
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