Recently Attorney Domingo Garcia shared his position on the term Latinx being used to describe many hispanics. In this editorial Hugo shares their opinion on the term and how it came to be.
“I don’t know of any abuelita that calls her granddaughter, ‘Hey you Latinx, I’m going to throw you the chancla (flip-flop).’ It just doesn’t happen,” said Domingo Garcia, president of League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) in a phone interview with NBC News.
“What’s Liberating, Not Limiting About Using The Term Latinx”
The Chicago Reporter
By Hugo Balta
These are just a few of the terms used to describe a group of more dynamic people than the one-dimensional labels forced upon them, often by the U.S. government and academics.
Census racial and ethnic epithets, for example, widen the gap by erasing people behind labels, leading to stereotypes that promote bias.
Latinx is a gender-neutral word meant to be more inclusive by replacing masculine Latino or female Latina. However well-intentioned, the term is not universally accepted. But it should be.