I should imagine the goddess Eris one day went up to the god Ares and had a little conversation that went like this:
Eris: "Hey, BFF, look what I just fucking made!"
Ares: "Another golden apple of discord? Whoop-di-shit."
Eris: "Read the inscription, donut puncher!"
Ares: "Holy shit that's fucking genius."
Eris: "I made a billion of these fucking things. I'm stuffing them into the cannon and aiming it American colleges. Especially ones around the Mexican border. This is going to so much fun to watch."
I like to think Eris and Ares swore a lot. Use the word "heckin'" in front of them and see what they do.
So I'm scrolling through facebook and an ad appears for a grassroots bank that is specially aimed for people of color. It was a notice that they did indeed allow accounts for white allies, who support black people and Latinx. I had some thoughts that these were the only two minorities in the world according to this bank, but I quickly clicked the comments to watch the inevitable fireworks.
Yup, it was about Latinx. No conversation about how this bank worked, what were the benefits of using it over the banking giants, how banks have historically discriminated people of color, none of that. Nope. Only fighting about Latinx.
Objectors called it Gringx imperialism. The Gringx part was funny, but supporters quickly pointed out that the term was coined by a Puerto Rican queer activist. I vote that makes it Spanish imperialism against English speakers, and Queen Elizabeth I should be notified so she can sink Spanish ships before it's too late.
Objectors correctly pointed out that Latinx was difficult for Spanish speakers to actually pronounce- a word about their community that they couldn't even properly say. Why not go with Latine?
Because REASONS, that's why!
A few white people chimed in with "My Dominican supervisor has advised me to use the word, what should I do?" Much like the meaning of life, this question went unanswered. Like the sound of one hand clapping, a mere thought experiment on which to meditate.
I don't think this is really white liberals forcing the word down everybody's throats- instead they're between a rock and a hard place because Woketivists insist they use it OR ELSE and meanwhile, most "Latinx" people hate it.
My personal objections to it, besides the fact that it's stupid, is that "Latin" works as a gender neutral adjective in English, is you want one. LatinX is just vain and redundant. It can only really be applied to English in Spanish- in Japanese Latino is "Raten-kei" and Latina is "Ratina." In Chinese both are "Lading Yi." Considering both languages are Asian, it would totally be imperialism to insist they say it the Spanish or English way because muh genders! And it IS hard to say- in most languages, vowels are easier to pronounce that blended or mixed consonants. It should be Latine, or Latin. Activists who use it disregard the very people they're applying it to. English, as a language, accepts a lot of loan words, and I never had a problem with Latino or Latina.
Most English speakers I know are just nervous about the word because they have to read the room every time, which might have mixed company. This includes English speakers of color, who have been completely ignored in this conversation.
Who have Woketivists united with this stupid word? Who is included that wasn't covered before? If there was a problem, why not go with Latine? And why is it on non-Spanish speakers of every language to solve this problem anyway?
The whole thing is imperialist, because it operates on the notion that there are no important languages outside of English and Spanish, the two biggest colonizing languages in the world.