Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) criticized her fellow Democrats for refusing to use the term “Latinx” when discussing the Latino community, despite the fact that the term is not commonly used by Latinos.
The far-left lawmaker made the comments in an Instagram video she posted on Sunday night during a “mini-rant.”
“Also in the spirit of pride, I wanted to have a note on gender inclusivity in Spanish language, people sometimes like to make a lot of drama over the term ‘Latinx,’ but even before Latinx, people were trying to do this like use an ‘@’ to have the ‘A’ and the ‘O’ together,” she claimed. “Gender is fluid, language is fluid.”
“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,”.
“And it’s almost like it hasn’t struck some of these folks that another person’s identity is not about your reelection prospects. Like this is not about you.”
Ocasio-Cortez said, “Second of all, if putting a little ‘X’ on your campaign literature is what you think is the difference between winning or losing an election, you need to talk about health care more, you need to raise people’s wages, you need to talk about more issues that also matter to people”
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Ocasio-Cortez’s claims come despite polling that shows that only 2% of Latinos call themselves “Latinx,” according to Politico, which added, “More problematic for Democrats: 40 percent said Latinx bothers or offends them to some degree and 30 percent said they would be less likely to support a politician or organization that uses the term.”
Ocasio-Cortez then claimed that people are now trying to use the term “Latine” over “Latinx” because Latine “could be more inclusive to people.”
“So Latine, you avoid the masculine ‘O’ you avoid the feminine ‘A’,” she claimed. “Latine is a little more neutral, so it could be more inclusive to people.”
“That being said, if you don’t want to use it, no one’s forcing you to, but for people who enjoy trying to figure out language and have it meet the modern age, that’s kind of where it’s at,” she claimed.
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Some Democrats, like Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ), who is known for vulgar rants on social media, have lambasted using the term “Latinx,” saying, “To be clear my office is not allowed to use ‘Latinx’ in official communications.” Read more here…