Far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) launched a “mini rant” over the weekend against those — including Democratic politicians — who reject woke terminology such as “Latinx,” saying they are selfish for considering how the general public perceives such attempts at appeasement.
The New York Democrat discussed the “drama” over woke terminology such as “Latinx” in a Sunday Instagram story, apparently trying to figure out why critics are so bothered by the term, especially when, she said. claimed, people were looking for other ways to do “Latina” and “Latino” neutral beforehand.
The use of the term “Latinx” or “Latina” is appropriate, she suggested, because the genre is not fixed but “fluid”. Therefore, the language must correspond to this alleged reality, according to Ocasio-Cortez.
“Gender is fluid. The language is fluid, and I think people are currently using the term ‘e’ as gender-neutral in order to be as inclusive as possible. No need to make drama about it,” Ocasio-Cortez said before launching into a “mini rant” on the subject, in part aimed at members of his own party.
“I also have a mini rant about it because there are politicians, including Democrat politicians, who take issue with the term ‘Latinx’. And they’re like, ‘This is so bad. This’ is so bad for the party, ‘like blah blah blah,’ she fumed.
“And like, it’s almost like it didn’t strike some of these people that another person’s identity is irrelevant to your re-election prospects. Like it’s irrelevant to you,” he said. she continued, essentially mocking them for thinking that “putting a little ‘x’ on your campaign materials” will determine whether they win or lose an election.
If that’s the determination, she said, “You need to talk more about health care.”
“You have to raise people’s salaries. You need to talk about more issues that matter to people as well,” she said, ultimately concluding that using “Latin” is “a bit more neutral, so it can be more inclusive for people”:
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Despite Ocasio-Cortez’s defense of awake terms such as “Latinx,” polls suggest that Hispanic Americans are opposed to the term asexual. A poll from December conducted by Democratic strategists Bendixen & Amandi International found that only 2% of Hispanic Americans use the term “Latinx” to describe themselves, with most identifying as “Hispanic”, “Latino” or “Latina”.
Additionally, 40% said the term “Latinx” bothered them to some degree, and of those, 20% said it bothered them “a lot.”