Bronx Democratic rising star rep Ritchie Torres calls out Yankees for using ‘Latinx’ term

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New York Rep. Ritchie Torres called out the New York Yankees for using the term “Latinx” in a tweet about gun violence, pointing out that it’s a term most Hispanics don’t like.

“I represent the South Bronx, home of the Yankees. Never heard anyone use the term “Latinx” locally. Do a majority of Hispanics actually use the term “Latinx”? Torres asked in a tweet Friday in response to the Yankees.

‘If the answer is ‘no’, how did ‘Latinx’ become the term to be used in American government and business?

Gallego’s stance against Latinx contrasts with fellow Bronx Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and appears to be an attempt to brand herself as centrist.

AOC is famous for hitching its wagon to every waking trend.

She frequently uses the term Latinx, as well as other controversial and unpopular expressions, such as “menstruating” instead of “women”.

The young Democrat’s tweet was in response to a tweet from the New York Yankees that claimed thousands of “Latinx” people are killed or injured by gun violence every year.

“Latinx” is a term popularized by woke progressives that is meant to be gender neutral and inclusive of transgender or non-binary people.

But critics say it’s hard for Spanish speakers to tell, and dismissed it as a good joke that continues to sound bad to most Hispanics themselves.

New York Rep. Ritchie Torres called out the New York Yankees for using the term ‘Latinx’ in a tweet about gun violence

Torres, 34, who is among the first openly gay and black members of Congress and identifies as Afro-Latino, continued on the issue in a series of tweets

Torres, 34, who is among the first openly gay and black members of Congress and identifies as Afro-Latino, continued on the issue in a series of tweets

The young Democrat's tweet was in response to a tweet from the New York Yankees which claimed that thousands of

The young Democrat’s tweet was in response to a tweet from the New York Yankees which claimed that thousands of “Latinx” are killed or injured by gun violence every year.

“Each year more than 4,100 Latinx die from gun violence in the United States and 13,300 are shot and injured,” the New York Yankees tweeted on Friday.

Torres, 34, who is among the first openly gay and black members of Congress and identifies as Afro-Latino, continued on the issue in a series of tweets.

“If you’re talking to a specific person who prefers ‘Latinx,’ then by all means, use the term.”

Torres tweeted that

Torres tweeted that “if you’re talking to a specific person who prefers ‘Latinx’ then by all means use the term”

Torres added that a community should have the right to label themselves.

Torres added that a community should have the right to label themselves.

Torres pointed to recent polls that indicate many Hispanics have never heard of the term and some either don't use it or are offended by it.

Torres pointed to recent polls that indicate many Hispanics have never heard of the term and some either don’t use it or are offended by it.

“But if you’re referring to the Hispanic community in general, why not use the term that the majority themselves primarily use?”

“Every community should have the right to label themselves, rather than having a label imposed on them by others.”

The Torres neighborhood, New York’s 15th, home to Yankees Stadium, is 66 percent Hispanic or Latino, according to the U.S. Census.

Torres pointed to recent polls that indicate many Hispanics have never heard of the term and some don’t use it.

“I never said there should be a ban on the term ‘Latinx’. On the contrary,” he continued on Twitter.

“I mostly use the term ‘Latino’ while Corporate America & Government almost exclusively uses the term ‘Latinx’.

“I just wonder why in light of the following study.”

A 2021 Gallup poll found that less than 5% of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States use the term “Latinx”.

A 2021 Gallup Poll found that less than 5% of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States use the term “Latinx”

A 2021 Gallup Poll found that less than 5% of Hispanics and Latinos in the United States use the term “Latinx”

Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego has slammed members of his own party for using the term “Latinx” to describe people of Latino descent after a poll was released in December 2021 showing that only 2% of Latinos recognize the term “Latinx” while 40% feel offended by it.

“To be clear, my office is not authorized to use ‘Latinx’ in official communications,” wrote Gallego, who is of Colombian and Mexican descent.

“When Latino politicians use that term, it’s largely to appease wealthy white progressives who think that’s the term we’re using,” he continued. “It’s a vicious cycle of confirmation bias.”

The term was coined by scholars and left-wing activists as a gender-neutral term to include non-binary people in the Spanish-speaking community. It has since caught on among the general public, but has become controversial within the Spanish-speaking community, who claim it doesn’t follow the rules of the language.

“Look everyone,” Gallego wrote in a later tweet. “Hispanics and Latinos are gender neutral. So we already have gender-neutral terms to describe the Latino community.

Ruben Gallego, a Democratic Representative from Arizona, criticized members of his own party for using the term

Ruben Gallego, a Democratic Representative from Arizona, criticized members of his own party for using the term “Latinx” to describe people of Latino descent. He is pictured here speaking at a House Armed Services Committee hearing

Gallego, of Colombian and Mexican descent, said the term Latinx is used

Gallego, of Colombian and Mexican descent, said the term Latinx is used “performatively” by “wealthy white progressives who think that’s the term we use.”

“Adding an X and creating a new word comes across as performative,” he added, saying, “It won’t lose you an election, but if your staff and consultants are using Latinx in your mass communication, it probably means they don’t understand the Latino community, and is indicative of deeper issues.

Gallego’s tweets came in response to a poll from Bendixen and Amandi International showing that only 2% of 800 Hispanic voters polled last month identify themselves as Latinx, while 68% say they are Hispanic and 21% prefer Latino or Latina for describe their Ethnic Origins.

Additionally, 40% said the term bothers or offends them to some degree, and 30% said they were less likely to support a politician or organization that uses the term.

“The numbers suggest that the use of Latinx is a violation of the political Hippocratic oath, which is to first do no harm in elections,” pollster Fernand Amandi, whose firm advised on the success of the poll, told Politico. Barack Obama with Hispanic voters in his two presidential elections.

“Why are we using a word that is only preferred by 2%, but offends up to 40% of the voters we want to win over?”

Those who use the term say the word — and the broader tendency to make Spanish words gender-neutral by ending them with an X — is not a product of the American left or white elites, but may instead date back to the Latin America and Latinos.

They say it’s also an alternative to the term Hispanic, which has been criticized for its links to Spain, which colonized much of Latin America.

But Spanish is a gendered language, with feminine terms traditionally ending in an “a” and more masculine terms ending in an “o”. When referring to a mixed group of people, the default language is masculine.

And some Spanish-speaking members of the Latino community say the term is difficult to pronounce in their native language.

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