In yet another part of the left’s bid to ensure that our language means absolutely nothing, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) spoke out in favor of the terms ‘Latinx’ and ‘Latine,’ endorsing the terms over the grammatically correct ‘Latino,’ ‘Latina’ or ‘Hispanic.’
“People sometimes like to make a lot of drama over the term ‘Latinx,’ but even before ‘Latinx’ [sic] people were trying to […] use an ‘@’ to have the ‘a’ and the ‘o’ together,” referring to another grammatical bastardization, ‘Latin@,’” AOC said in an Instagram story video on Sunday. “Gender is fluid, language is fluid, and I think people right now are using the ‘e’ term [‘Latine’] as gender neutral in order to be as inclusive as possible.”
“Language is fluid”: @AOC says people need to stop getting mad at the term “Latinx.” pic.twitter.com/nynUqHUBkt— John Gage (@johnrobertgage) June 6, 2022
Ocasio-Cortez also painted a target on politicians within her own party in another Instagram story video.
“I also have a mini rant about this, because there are some politicians, including Democratic politicians, that rail against the term ‘Latinx.’ And they’re like, ‘This is so bad! This is so bad for the party! Like, blah, blah, blah,” AOC said. “And like, it’s almost as though it has not struck some of these folks that another person’s identity is not about your re-election prospects. Like, this is not about you.”
.@AOC goes on a rant against Democratic politicians who are afraid to use “Latinx.” pic.twitter.com/xBgnkJ0zcf— John Gage (@johnrobertgage) June 6, 2022
The comment appears to be a thinly veiled criticism of Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.), who questioned the use of the term on May 27th.
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“I represent the South Bronx, home to the Yankees,” Torres, who sits on the far-left of the Democratic Party himself, wrote on Twitter in a response to a recent statement by the New York Yankees. “Never heard anyone locally use the term ‘Latinx.’ Does a majority of Hispanics actually use the term ‘Latinx’? If the answer is ‘no’, how did ‘Latinx’ come to be the term to use in government and Corporate America?”
I represent the South Bronx, home to the Yankees. Never heard anyone locally use the term ‘Latinx.’— Ritchie Torres (@RitchieTorres) May 27, 2022
Does a majority of Hispanics actually use the term ‘Latinx’?
If the answer is ‘no’, how did ‘Latinx’ come to be the term to use in government and Corporate America? https://t.co/4EYR1ksywx
Though Torres is inconsistent with respect to his usage of the term, his point stands. Polling indicates that almost no Hispanic people use ‘Latinx,’ and many of those who have heard of the term disapprove.
To address Ocasio-Cortez’s point, yes, language is fluid – to a degree. There’s a difference, however, between language changing to conform to the speech habits of the average human being and politicians and corporate overlords foisting grotesque, politically correct abominations, like ‘Latinx,’ upon the unwitting public.
This kind of linguistic warfare has become increasingly common in recent years. Many might remember when Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) attacked then-Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for using the term, ‘sexual preference.’ Within hours, most major dictionaries had revised their definition of ‘sexual preference’ to describe it as some kind of slur.
‘Racism,’ the singular ‘they,’ and ‘dog whistle’ have undergone a similarly concerted effort. And if Ocasio-Cortez gets her way, ‘Latinx’ may be next on the list.
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