Progressives and socialists love to pervert language to fit their narratives and they have certainly done a number on English. Now they’re going after Spanish, coming up with terms such as “Latinx” in order to make it gender neutral. The problem is Spanish is not a gender neutral language. There are feminine and masculine words because that is how it has been spoken and read for centuries.
Hispanics will not accept completely changing their language just to avoid possibly offending some Social Justice Warriors. In fact, what is truly offensive is non-Spanish speaking SJWs demanding to change and completely upend the language of Cervantes.
No, You Will Not Call Us ‘Latinx’
If you follow politics closely, chances are that you have encountered the word “Latinx” in recent years. From freshman congresswoman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to the DNC to left-wing outlet We Are Mitu, it has become a popular term among progressives who say it’s a more inclusive way to refer to people (like me) of Latin-American ancestry.
Allow me to explain their mindset: Many words in Spanish are gendered. For instance: la silla (the chair) is female and el auto (the car) is male. Plural nouns may also take a masculine or feminine form with the former describing groups of people that include individuals of both genders. Hence, los medicos (the doctors), los americanos (the Americans), and so forth.
Progressives have now decided that the binary nature of Spanish is incompatible with wokeness and they intend to bury what they believe is a remnant of colonial patriarchy. Since there is no discernible limit to what the far Left is willing to do in the name of equality of outcome, everything is on the table. In Latin America, there are now efforts on college campuses to upend the entire Spanish language.
But dismantling Spanish poses a logistical nightmare for the far Left, since it is the primary language of 500 million people across 20 countries. Also, unlike English, Spanish has an official referee. A board of linguists known as La Real Academia Española (The Spanish Royal Academy) preserves the language’s integrity and has already rejected “Latinx.”
The far Left is cunning, though. They recognize that “Latinx” will never catch on organically. To overcome these obstacles, leftists are now resorting to emotional manipulation. What began around 2004 as a substitute for “Latin@” has been reframed as pro-LGBT equality. However, by arguing that the traditional use of “Latinos” excludes people who identify as gender-fluid, progressives are deceiving Americans. Indeed, the Left’s latest linguistic crusade has nothing to do with inclusiveness at all — it’s about cultural control and hegemony.
Unfortunately, we all know how this will play out. Those who prefer “Latinos” over “Latinx” will be publicly shamed and accused of bigotry. Since most people would rather not be shoved out of the Overton window, corporate boardrooms and celebrities will eventually buckle to leftist demands. In fact, the term is already being embraced by major corporations.
The way forward for conservatives, moderates, and reasonable liberals is to not acquiesce an inch to the Left’s pedantry and linguistic gaslighting. Rejecting “Latinx” has nothing to do with being mean; it’s about standing up to bullies with the full confidence that facts, reason, and decency are on our side.
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