Latino Community Rejects Woke Term ‘Latinx’

The oldest Latino rights organization in the United States and elected officials have spoken out strongly against “Latinx,” the all-inclusive term promoted by progressives to refer to Hispanics.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona, head of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ campaign, tweeted that his office is not allowed to use “Latinx” in official communications last month.
  • “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 comunication bias,” Gallego said.
  • Soon after Gallego made a statement, Domingo Garcia, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, also reiterated to his staff and board members that the term “Latinx” would no longer be used from the group’s official communications, NBC reported.
WHAT CRITICS ARE SAYING:

“Some people also feel this is a term that is being imposed on them and it’s not organic,” said Nevada political consultant Alex O. Diaz.

BACKGROUND:
  • Academic groups and social media users picked up the term “Latinx” over the last decade, claiming it to be more gender-neutral for Hispanic LGBTQ members.
  • The word became so popular that in September of 2018 it was added to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, those in favor insisting that Latinx is “necessary in the name of inclusion, especially for those who are LGBT and gender-nonconforming.”
  • Despite the seeming popularity, Axios reported that 23% of U.S. adults who identify as Hispanic or Latino are aware of the term, and a mere 3% say they use it to describe themselves, Pew Research Center found in 2020.