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The term ‘Latinx’ is cultural appropriation | VICTOR JOECKS

If you need more evidence of the disconnect between cultural elites and the common people, consider the term “Latin”.

There is a new national poll about how Hispanic voters view the term, Politico reported Monday. Sixty-eight percent said the term “Hispanic” came closest to describing their ethnic background. Latino or Latino came in with 21 percent. Only 2 percent chose “Latinx”. Eight percent preferred another description.

It might come as a surprise if one listens only to the “awakened” elite who run the Democratic Party and many of America’s institutions.

“It’s also horrific that latexes are being vaccinated,” President Joe Biden said. He said in a June speech. In her pre-election book, The Facts We Hold, Kamala Harris used Latinos, rather than Latinos. In 2018, UNLV Libraries launched the Latin Voices from Southern Nevada Project. In 2017, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto The term was used in a Twitter attack on Cabinet candidates for then-President Donald Trump.

The term Latinx is an attempt to reshape Spanish, which gives nouns a specific gender. This includes inanimate objects, animals, and feelings. This was not controversial. For the vast majority of human history, genus has had two unique forms, an accepted fact that can be observed.

But Awakeneds aren’t a fan of admitting that gender is bisexual. Hence, their desire to change the Spanish language with terms such as “Latinx”.

Hispanic Americans don’t buy it. 40% find the word “Latinx” personally offensive or offensive.

Think about what is happening here. The dominant culture attempts to redefine the language of the minority group. In most other contexts, progressives would denounce this as a cultural appropriation, particularly when many Hispanics find the term personally offensive.

It’s definitely a better example of cultural appropriation than a white girl in a traditional Chinese dress to prom. However, it is this event that has generated national stories of cultural appropriation.

This poll has major political ramifications, too. The obvious conclusion is that Hispanic voters are not considering pushing the use of the word “Latinx” as a priority. Even some Democrats, like Rep. Robin Gallego, Democrat of Arizona, are speaking frankly.

“When Latin politicians use the term[Latin]it is largely to appease rich white progressives who think that is the term we use,” Gallego, who describes himself as a “proud progressive” on his website, chirp. “It’s a vicious cycle of confirmation bias.”

The point is not about using the term Latinx, per se. The use of the term reveals a disconnect between the priorities of the speaker and the Hispanic voter.

This gives Republicans, especially in Nevada, a much-needed opportunity. The conservative agenda—a growing economy, parental choice in education, pro-life—has a natural appeal to many Hispanic voters.

Latino voters increased their support for the Republicans, too. Post-election analysis found that Trump made significant gains in Hispanic communities in 2020. Last month, the Republican candidate won the Texas State Assembly race in a district with 73 percent Hispanic and Biden won by 14 points.

If Democrats continue to push “Latino” letters, they may soon discover that Latino voters prefer Republicans.

Contact Victor Joecks at vjoecks@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4698. Continued
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