Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed an executive order banning the use of the term “LatinX” in official state documents on her first day in office.
The order states that using the letter “x” negates gender and makes the term a misnomer.
“Real Academia Española, the Madrid-based agency that governs the Spanish language, has formally rejected the use of ‘x’ as a substitute for ‘o’ and ‘a’ in Spanish,” it reads.
“Removing gender from Spanish and other Romance languages is as easy as removing vowels and verbs from English,” the order continued.
After being sworn in, the governor. @SarahHuckabee A litany of executive orders had to be dealt with. From banning government use of the wake-up term “Latinx” to eradicating CRT in education and taking TikTok off state equipment, SHS can’t wait to deliver on her promises.https://t.co/Nkc7SzKczp
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) January 11, 2023
Sarah Huckabee Sanders deletes term “LatinX”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ “LatinX” order was one of seven executive orders the governor signed almost immediately after taking office.
Other matters include her banning TikTok on government devices and a review of the teaching of critical race theory in Arkansas schools.
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Sanders made history earlier this week by becoming the first female governor of the Nature State. She is also the youngest governor in the country at 40 years old.
governor of arkansas
Sarah Huckabee Sanders banned the word “Latinx” on her first day in office 🙌
– Mayra Flores (@MayraFlores2022) January 12, 2023
She sees her election as a mandate to implement conservative policies in Arkansas.
“There’s a real desire, not just from the public, but I think also from the legislature here, where we have a solid majority of Republicans in the House and Senate, to do something pretty big and implement some conservative reforms,” he said. she told fox news.
The move to ban the term “LatinX” is not a conservative reform, but a commonsense one.
A 2020 poll showed that the term was only used by 3% Hispanic population. According to the same poll, 76% of Latin Americans have not even heard of the term.
Latin is not a thing, we hate it and never use it, it’s an insult. https://t.co/F433vNLzvl
— Samuel Gomez (@ChiManSam) January 12, 2023
Still, liberals and the media will undoubtedly see Sanders as a racist for daring to undo the silliness of the government’s letters.
But there is a history here. Rep. Ruben Gallego, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, also banned the term from his office years ago.
“To be clear, the use of ‘Latinx’ in official communications is not permitted in my office,” Gallego said. “When Latino politicians use the term, it’s mostly to appease white rich progressives who think we’re using it.”
To be clear, my office does not allow the use of “Latinx” in official communications.
When Latino politicians use the term, it’s mostly to appease white rich progressives who think we’re using it. This is a vicious cycle of confirmation bias. https://t.co/kMty6q7UQn
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) December 6, 2021
Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a major backer among former President Donald Trump, and she served as White House press secretary. In fact, he suggested she run for governor of Arkansas in the first place.
“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents and has done an incredible job!” Trump said in 2019. “I hope she decides to run for governor of Arkansas — she’ll be great.”
…she was a very special person with extraordinary talents who did an incredible job! I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she’ll be great. Sarah, thank you for a job well done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2019
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