LULAC, the oldest Latin American civil rights organization, decides to stop using the term “Latinx”

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Yes, again, we are talking about the debate around the term “Latinx”. Following the results of a new survey which found that only 2% of Latinos identify as “Latinx”, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) announcement that he had asked staff and board members to withdraw the word from the group’s official communications.

Domingo Garcia, president of LULAC, the oldest Latin American civil rights organization, sent the directive last week in an email to Sindy Benavides, the league’s chief executive; David Cruz, its communications director; and the organization’s board of directors.

“Let’s stop using Latinx in all official communications,” García said, adding that he is “very different” from almost all Latinos.

The email contained a link to a Miami Herald Editorial with the title: “The ‘Latinx community’ does not want to be called ‘Latinx’. Forget it, progressives.

“The reality is that there is very little to no support for its use, and it’s sort of seen as something used inside the Beltway or in the settings of the Ivy League tower, while LULAC still represents Jose and Maria on Main Street in the barrio and we need to, to make sure we talk to them like they talk to each other, ”Garcia said in a phone interview with NBC News.

“I don’t know of any abuelita calling her granddaughter, ‘Hey you Latinx, I’m going to flip-flop you. “It just doesn’t happen,” he said.

LULAC does not oppose individuals and groups who identify as Latinx, Mexican-American, Latino or the like, Garcia said. But as a national civil rights organization that tries to appeal to as many Latinos and Hispanics as possible, LULAC must stick to the term everyone uses in everyday discourse, he said. .

Council decision comes after Democratic cabinet Bendizen & Amandi’s decision survey found that 30% of Hispanic voters are less likely to support a politician or political organization that uses the word.

“It’s not inclusive; they don’t feel included, ”Garcia said of the vast majority of Hispanic and Latino people, citing recent polls and in conversation with the Houston Chronicle.

Garcia added that Latinx “was invented out of the blue by a very small minority… it does not reflect what people in our community use on a daily basis.”

“You have people on the far left who are using Latinx, and they want to abolish ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), and they want to abolish the police, which 98% of Latinos are against,” Garcia said. “Then you have people on the far right who use (expressions like) illegal aliens and anchor babies and wet backs, who are racist, derogatory.”

However, investigations and organizational decisions seem to leave out the myriad identities that fall under the word “Latino”. If the main concerns relate to the midterm elections, only time will tell if the new generations will perpetuate the names of their predecessors.

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