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South Bronx Rep. Torres knocks Yankees over use of ‘Latinx’

Not a lot has gone incorrect for the Yankees up to now this season, however they swung and missed with their native member of Congress final week through the use of the time period “Latinx” in a tweet about gun violence.

Amid nationwide shock over the mass taking pictures in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 elementary college college students and two lecturers, the Yankees introduced on their Twitter web page Thursday that they might “offer facts about the impacts of gun violence” in lieu of offering updates on that evening’s sport towards the Tampa Bay Rays.

One of those facts went like this: “Each year, more than 4,100 Latinx people die from gun violence in the U.S. and 13,300 are shot and wounded.”

The publish prompted outrage amongst some Twitter customers, who described “Latinx” as a redundant and even offensive time period.

“Try asking your Hispanic players if they like being called ‘Latinx,’” user Nicholas S. Brisco responded.

“We are Latinos, you gringo,” another user said.

In lieu of game updates Thursday night, the Yankees' Twitter account posted facts about gun violence.
In lieu of sport updates Thursday evening, the Yankees’ Twitter account posted info about gun violence.
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“Latinx is by far the most insulting thing I’ve ever been called even worse than any slur combined and [I know] I’m not alone in this,” a third chimed in. “Literally proves that Latino voices can’t be heard and a——s just talk over us.”

Democratic Rep. Ritchie Torres, whose fifteenth Congressional District consists of Yankee Stadium, waded into the pile-on Friday.

“I represent the South Bronx, home to the Yankees. Never heard anyone locally use the term ‘Latinx.’ Does a majority of Hispanics actually use the term ‘Latinx’?” Torres posted in a Twitter thread on Friday. “If the answer is ‘no’, how did ‘Latinx’ come to be the term to use in government and Corporate America?”

While he criticized the Yankees for utilizing the time period, Torres later clarified: “If you are speaking to a particular person who prefers ‘Latinx,’ then, by all means, use the term. But if you are referring to the Hispanic community in general, why not use the term that the majority itself predominantly uses?”

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

The lawmaker revisited the problem on extra time on Saturday, tweeting: “I never said there should be a ban on the term ‘Latinx.’ Quite the opposite. I mostly use the term ‘Latino’ whereas Corporate America & government almost exclusively uses the term ‘Latinx’.”

“I am simply wondering why in light of the following study,” he added, linking to a 2020 Pew Research poll that discovered fewer than one in 4 Hispanics have heard of the time period “Latinx” whereas solely 3% use it. 

Torres did not immediately respond to the Post's request for a comment.
Torres didn’t instantly reply to the Post’s request for a remark.
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Another ballot, finished by Gallup last summer, discovered that solely 4% of Hispanic adults most popular “Latinx” for a label, 15% appreciated “Latino,” 23% most popular “Hispanic,” and the bulk – 57% – stated they’d no desire. 

In November, a Bendizen and Amandi International survey found that solely 2% of Hispanic voters discuss with themselves as “Latinx.” The ballot discovered that almost all – 68% – described themselves as “Hispanic” whereas 21% used the phrases “Latino” or “Latina.” 

That survey additionally discovered that 40% of respondents stated the time period “Latinx” bothers or offends both somewhat, considerably, or rather a lot.

Neither the Yankees nor Torres instantly responded to The Post’s request for added remark. 

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