Term ”Latinx”, thoughts?

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I’m fine with it. If it honestly makes others feel more included, great. Is it an anglicismo? Sure, but the Latinx experience in America is different and that has to be recognized.

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All for it periodT

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Makes me feel like I'm a prescription drug. Not a fan...

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Latinx is code for = No hablo Español.

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quite the contrary. It is because of the understanding of the language and it’s gender specificity which favors masculinity, that this was even conceived. In addition, it builds on the rich heritage of indigenous languages and their legacy. Any innovation or evolution is always met with resistance. Change will always be uncomfortable. There is value in action that seeks to grow, evolve and improve. Their is also value in skepticism that defends heritage and drives for substance. But in this era of social media, I sometimes fear that resistance and critique is less substantive and more reactionary.

A little late to the topic, but still will share thoughts. I believe it is a the best term today when we look to address the entire spectrum of folks with a Latin American heritage. The X serves to acknowledge a number of valuable pieces. the first and most obvious layer is gender identity, after all it was the most immediate inspiration for it. It also, much like in black traditions, serves to address a slave and colonial past heritage. lastly, there is some culture in certain native peoples of north america where the X has deep meaning such as in the case of Xicanisma (chicana feminism).
Now that said, this does NOT mean that you should expect that the majority of US Latinx run around calling themselves Latinx. For that matter they never really all called themselves Hispanic or Latino either. The populations are much more likely to identify first by the specific heritage and culture they are closest too. So they are more likely to call themselves Mexican, Boricua, Paisa, etc. In fact they may also identify as more complex and intersectional terms such as Blaxican or Afro-Latinx.
Lastly, while they all don’t run around calling themselves Latinx, that also doesn’t reflect a rejection of the term. Nor should anyone feel the need to demand they identify as such. Identity is a fluid and deeply personal. The term does represent a more nuanced understanding of the different cultures at play, and a much needed evolution forward.

Food for thought.

Happy to discuss further.

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@Designer Lead 1: I totally get it, change is not always welcome, rarely convenient, and easier to just keep on keeping on. So that the middle is a reasonable place for all to live in, some will need to push for better and some will need to defend tradition. On this one, i’m happy to try what’s new and evolved. and simply invite you to see the merit, if you can. If I continue here it’s simply to try and share the merit, not to convince you to adopt or judge your choice.

@Strategist OP: I hear you as well, lots of issues to tackle. this thread is just specific to this issue. And it’s a little grain of salt towards the issue of gender identity. I was once in market research and did some ethnos with Latinx who are HIV+. It was heartbreaking to hear some of them tell me that when their mother’s died, they felt a sense of relief that they would no longer run the risk of them finding out they were positive and in some instances also that they were gay. Imagine that, our culture can be so tough on matters of gender and sex that someone who loves their mother dearly, would feel relieved by her passing vs grieving like the rest of us.
So sure an X is not going to solve their problem, but boy would a just little ounce of acceptance and inclusion help if only a little.

For a term that’s supposed to be all-inclusive for everyone, everywhere, it’s ironic that it’s unpronounceable for the Brazilian/Portuguese speakers. It certainly wasn’t created keeping them in mind, or making it seem like they’re welcome under the umbrella.

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Well, even before the x portion, it’s precursor Latino and Latina was more inclusive of Brazilians because it was a short for Latinoamericano and Brazil is of course part of Latin America. The term Hispanic more squarely focused on countries and nationalities that have their origin in Spain.

I’m not a linguist so I can’t opine over whether Portuguese speakers cannot pronounce it. And that of course may well be fair critique.

I do see the difficulty in pronouncing it part of important discomfort of growth and change. that difficulty drives a little more attention to making the adjustment deliberately.

Of course i find the term a valuable evolution. But I do not see the term as perfect, nor do I think everyone should run to identify that way. But I do invite people to consider it, to not readily dismiss it and demonize it. It’s a way, a new way, a valid way, but not the only way nor does it have to be your favored way. But it’s a valid way.

UniWorld, as hard as I try I'm still not feeling this word LATINX, mostly because the "LA" in the first syllable is way too feminine.

And I know change is hard for many old schooler, but not for you—as you've preached. So I want to propose we go all in and change the new old term LATINX to a new new term, LXTINX.

Look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts...

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