The Left was shocked by the post-election numbers showing that Latinos in Florida and Texas voted GOP far more than the Democrats had expected. That result stunned them, and led Barack Obama to condemn “Latino Evangelicals.” I believe the result had nothing to do with religion. Then why?
I have to admit that I like a diversity of news and read both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal daily. I get the Left point of view from the Times and the Right point of view from the Journal, and I like to see what the Left and the Right are thinking on a daily basis. In the New York Times, following the Black Lives Matter movement, there was a push to capitalize the word “black,” so that now it is “Black.” Honestly I am okay with that, since if words like Jewish or Italian are capitalized, Black might as well be too. The Left followed the lead set by the Times on this.
When the Latino community saw “Latinx,” they viewed it as cultural imperialism, with these white elitist Harvard-educated hipsters taking away their word.
The Times, and left-wing intellectuals, then went on a political correctness spree about language, and one of the words they set their target on was “Latino.” Latino is a masculine formulated word in Spanish, which the Left felt was unfair to Latino women. So the Times began to use the phrase “Latino/Latina” everywhere they would have just said “Latino” before. This proved too cumbersome for them, so they started to use the word “Latinx,” with the x as a placeholder to represent a or o. Most Left journalists and media and publications followed this trend.
The funny thing is that, when the Latino community saw this, saw Latinx, they viewed it as cultural imperialism, with these white elitist Harvard-educated hipsters in Leftist leadership taking away their word, Latino, and even having the audacity and arrogance to put an x at the end in a way the Spanish language would never envision doing. The word was now unpronounceable. Latinos turned against the liberal political correctness of the Left, big time. Middle class and working class Latinos didn’t understand the Left’s thinking. They viewed Latinx as some sort of racist insult that their Democrat friends were spewing at them.
It’s revealing that shortly after the election, the New York Times stopped using “Latinx.”
This is why Latinos voted for Trump: in rebellion against the arrogant political correctness — actually racism — of the Left, which had affixed itself to Latinos as a target of cultural imperialism.
It’s revealing that shortly after the election, the New York Times stopped using “Latinx.” Today, some of its writers say “Latino,” while some just say “Hispanic” (interestingly, “Hispanic” is the word Donald Trump has mostly used throughout his political career). So we will see, in the next election, whether Latinos vote Democrat or Republican. No one can predict — although I am hoping they will vote Libertarian! Now that they’ve woken up from the leftist nightmare, maybe they will learn the truth about a politics that sees the virtues of liberty.