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Capturing Conversations: Twitter responds to new polling on the term “Latinx”

December 6, 2021

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A new nationwide poll surveying “registered voters of Hispanic/Latina(o) origin residing in the United States” found that 2% of respondents “chose the term Latinx to describe their ethnic background.”

 

The poll was reported on by Politico, and was conducted by Bendixen & Amandi International, a left-leaning political polling firm.

 

As the poll suggests, there isn’t a distinct left/right divide on the use of the term ‘Latinx.’ Instead of presenting a left-right breakdown of this conversation, we discuss some widely shared reactions below.
How are people responding to this poll?

The majority of popular tweets on this issue from both sides focused on the finding that “40 percent said Latinx bothers or offends them to some degree and 30 percent said they would be less likely to support a politician or organization that uses the term.”

 

Only one of the most popular tweets was entirely apathetic to the term’s use, seeing the outrage on the right as excessive.

 

Others remained critical of the term, but questioned whether its use is actually the factor driving Hispanic voters to the right.

 

Still others emphasize that people of Hispanic origin largely agree that the term is unnecessary, and younger people are only slightly more likely to use the term.

 

Many bemoan the term as being forced onto the Hispanic community by urban, elite, white people.

 

Others expect out-of-touch Democrats to continue forcing “Latinx” on the Hispanic community despite this new evidence.

 

Still others ask how the term became popularized, citing its use among corporate communication experts.

 

Some also believe most Latinos are conservative, and that’s why they do not identify with the term.

 

As evidenced by the examples above, there are a range of views of the term Latinx and the term’s political impact. This discourse seems to put the left and right in a tenuous agreement — the majority of people on both sides oppose using the term Latinx if people of Hispanic origin are against it. Both sides blame the other for making a mountain out of a molehill to push their own political agenda instead of listening to the people they claim to represent. 

 

This conversation ties into a larger debate about identity politics, and to what extent people and politicians should be expected to change their language to either reduce the prevalance of gender in language, or be more inclusive of non-binary gender identities.


A central theme in the conversation about the use of the term Latinx is who started the movement in the first place. To some, this poll shows that the term is being forced onto a group (by outsiders) without that groups’ consent. To others, this poll presents a practical tension between two important goals: promoting gender inclusivity and eradicating colonialism.

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