Culture police / IMAGE: Dave Glass via YouTube; graphic by Ben Sellers, Headline USA ( Molly Bruns , Headline USA ) Due to the astonishing lack of success of the gender-neutral term “Latinx” within the Latino community, left-wing culture police have premiered a brand new term: “Latine.”
New York University’s LGBTQ+ Center first used the term in an Instagram announcement about their “Cultural and Identity-Based Graduation Celebrations” to “acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students of color and LGBTQ+ students,” according to Campus Reform. An event titled “Latine Grad” was featured in the post. Similar to “Latinx,” “Latine” is presumed to be a gender-neutral alternative to “Latino” or “Latina.”
However, past polls have indicated that Latin–American respondents did not appreciate the effort to implement “Latinx” into their every day vernacular.
Critics of the “Latinx” term have complained that the word does not conform to the rules of the Spanish language, which attaches masculine and feminine meaning to nouns.
Writing for Swathmore College’s The Phoenix, Gilbert Guerra and Gilbert Orbea called the term “a blatant form of linguistic imperialism.” They continued, arguing that activists are “forcing U.S. ideals upon a language in a way that does not grammatically or orally correspond with it.”
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