A new survey is building on previous findings that the vast majority of Hispanics do not like the term “Latinx,” a genderless phrase concocted by the woke far-left for use in a culture whose language is literally nuanced by gender identification.
“For some reason, the Left believes that all Americans should live in a gender-neutral world devoid of femininity and masculinity,” wrote Tim Mead at the Daily Wire. “At the same time, Democrats have wondered why Hispanic-Americans have been fleeing the party in droves and voting Republican lately.
“On Monday morning, Politico reported that a new poll indicated that many Hispanic-American voters are bothered by the term ‘Latinx’ — possibly contributing to the exodus,” Mead added.
Politico noted further:
As Democrats seek to reach out to Latino voters in a more gender-neutral way, they’ve increasingly begun using the word Latinx, a term that first began to get traction among academics and activists on the left.
But that very effort could be counterproductive in courting those of Latin American descent, according to a new nationwide poll of Hispanic voters.
Only 2 percent of those polled refer to themselves as Latinx, while 68 percent call themselves “Hispanic” and 21 percent favored “Latino” or “Latina” to describe their ethnic background, according to the survey from Bendixen & Amandi International, a top Democratic firm specializing in Latino outreach.
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.
The results of the survey come at a time when Republicans are actually making substantial inroads among Latino voters, which is raising new questions among Democratic Party pollsters including Fernand Amandi and other Latino vote experts as to why the term is being employed.
“The numbers suggest that using Latinx is a violation of the political Hippocratic Oath, which is to first do no electoral harm,” Amandi, whose firm advised Barack Obama’s successful Hispanic outreach nationwide in his two presidential campaigns, told the outlet. “Why are we using a word that is preferred by only 2 percent, but offends as many as 40 percent of those voters we want to win?”
Spanish is a gendered language, with nouns typically ending in “A” for the feminine and “O” for masculine words. Masculine nouns are typically prefaced with “el” or “un,” while feminine nouns are used with articles, like “la” or “una.” When referring to a group of mixed-gender people, the language defaults to the masculine — Latinos to refer to all genders. Those using Latinx argue that masculine words should not be the default when talking about a mixed-gender group.
But Spanish words do not end in the letter X, which is pronounced “eh-kees,” and some Spanish speakers argue it’s tricky to know how to pronounce Latinx in their native tongue.
“By insisting on using the incorrect term Latinx, progressives are engaging in a type of cultural Marxism, a recast of societal norms,” Virginia Republican Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares — who is of Cuban descent and will be the first Hispanic to hold the office in the state — told Politico. “Latinos don’t use the term — only upper-educated white liberals who hardly interact with the Latino community. I believe that every time they use the term Latinx, they lose another Latino vote.”
One of the founders of Univision, Joaquin Blaya, told Politico the network was build specifically to utilize the word Latino and to cater to Hispanics. He said he objects to Latinx because it’s “too weird. It’s dumb. It’s foreign. It’s not Spanish.”
“Democrats are helping Republicans make them look out of touch,” said Blaya, who is a registered Democrat. “We built a network around our Spanish language and we have a shared culture around it. Why are we trying to change this? It’s offensive to a lot of people.”
In 2020, former President Donald Trump managed to capture a larger portion of the Latino/Hispanic vote, some due in part to Republicans’ refusal to engage in idiotic word parlor games, but also due to his staunch efforts to curb illegal immigration and control the southwestern border.