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The Economist Wants You to Know Hispanics Aren’t So Bad

The Economist recently experienced social media backlash for the imagery used on the cover of “Firing Up America,” their special report on Latinos in the U.S. The cover features a U.S. flag composed of blue denim with silver stars and red stripes made out of chiles. The use of chilies, which plays on the stereotype of “spicy” Latinos, kicked off the criticism firestorm.

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But guess what? The Economist is telling Americans that Hispanics – who they referred to as “Chilies in the mix” – aren’t as scary as they look. Here are some quotes:

1. Don’t Take Them For Granted

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2. Don’t Be Anxious

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3. Don’t Be Afraid

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4. Come On, Be Optimistic

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5. Bye, Bye Majority

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The Daily Show’ Tried To Use The Term ‘Latinx’ And People Weren’t Happy About It

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The Daily Show’ Tried To Use The Term ‘Latinx’ And People Weren’t Happy About It

Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic? You’ve heard all of those terms before, and you have, of course, also heard the arguments that come over their use. Nowadays, many younger generations of Latinx folks decide to opt for “Latinx” because it’s more inclusive but there are still others who haven’t fully accepted or adopted this term in their daily lives. 

Many people who are of Mexican, Argentinian, Cuban, Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan (and many other countries!) descent, have a difficult time coming agreeing to one term that everyone can identify as. 

But that’s the point of having different opinions and experiences, so it’s important to learn more about one’s history and also be open to another’s point of view.

Reddit user u/Aldopeck posted a status on the thread r/stupidpol posted about the Daily Show trying to use “Latinx to seem woke to Spanish people. All the Latinos in the comment section react saying ‘Latinx’ is a bullshit term that’s never going to be a thing.” 

Many people have also tried to make sense of whether Latino, Latinx or Hispanic is any “better” or “more inclusive” of a term. For example, last year, Remezcla published an extensive article on a brief but thorough history of how these words originated.  “Through my conversations and research into the background of these terms, it became clear that the origins and evolution of what we call ourselves is as complicated as our history in the United States,” writes Yara Simón for Remezcla on the topic

“We’ll probably never find a perfect term, especially as some prefer to identify as their (or their family’s) country of origin.”

Arturo Castro went on the Daily Show last month to talk to Trevor Noah about his latest sketch show “Alternatino.” In the segment, Castro spoke to Noah about how difficult it was to juggle his characters from “Broad City” and “Narcos.” But he also talked about his heritage and how his experiences as a Latino influence his work. 

“You know, being Latino, everybody sort of expects you to be, like, suave, you know, and really like spicy food or be really good at dancing,” Castro said. “I really like matcha, you know?”

But regardless of his matcha-loving ways, Castro is very intentional about uplifting his community (he’s from Guatemala) and isn’t one to shy away from major issues affecting people of color through his Comedy Central sketch show, “Alternatino.” For example, earlier this week, Comedy Central aired an episode of “Alternatino” that includes a mass-shooting-themed sketch

In “The Daily Show” interview, Noah then asks Castro, “what do you think some of the biggest misconceptions are about being Latino that you’ve come across in America that you try and debunk in the show?” 

To which Castro replies, “Well, you know, there’s this thing about being ultra-violent or being lazy. Like, you know, the most common misconception is about Latino immigrants being lazy. Where I find Latino immigrants to be some of the hardest-working people in the world, right?” 

While Arturo Castro dropped some gems during the interview, notice that his quotes all referred to his community and himself as “Latino”? Well, when The Daily Show shared a promotional post on Facebook about the interview, they used the term “Latinx” and people were not happy about it.

“Arturo Castro pokes fun at Latinx stereotypes on his new sketch series, “Alternatino,” the social team for The Daily Show wrote on Facebook. 

It didn’t take long for the backlash to pop up in the comments section.

Users were quick to comment on the use of the term Latinx, and criticize the show for inserting the word into Castro’s quote.

While the argument about whether one should use Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic is still up in the air, people can’t help but have opinions about it. 

A reddit user argued that “you can’t really say [Latinx] in Spanish. I mean you can ‘Latin-equis’ but nobody does. The whole thing just reeks of white liberal wokeness being imposed on a community of smelly unfortunates. If they’re so concerned with gendered languages why don’t they do the same thing with French, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.?” 

But other Facebook commenters weren’t going to let people off the hook for criticizing The Daily Show’s use of “Latinx” in their promotion. 

As one Facebook user pointed out, “not everyone identifies as binary male/female…hence the use of Latinx…it is for people who can’t or won’t identify as either. If you don’t like Latinx then don’t use it…see how simple that was?”

So, what’s it going to be? Latinx, Latino, or Hispanic? This social outrage also begs the question, if someone didn’t refer to themselves as “Latinx,” then should you omit the use of that term completely? Should brands be thinking harder about this before they hit post? 

You tell us! Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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This Billboard Was Pulled For Its Tone Deaf “Hispanics” Slogan

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This Billboard Was Pulled For Its Tone Deaf “Hispanics” Slogan

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A billboard in Yakima, Washington, is drawing criticism for its attempt to appeal to “Hispanics.”

The billboard, featuring the smiling faces of several “Hispanics,” claims: “We don’t need pot to have fun. We’re Hispanics… We’re cool by default.” ?

According to the AP, the billboard was the brainchild of 60 middle and high school-aged students in the Yakima area — it’s not clear if Latino students were involved — who were part of a campaign to help keep those cool *ahem* Hispanics from falling into the uncool clutches of marijuana.

The billboard was part of the anti-drug campaign #listen2yourselfie.

Several people took to Twitter to criticize the billboard for being super tone deaf.

So, if you’re not Hispanic, does that mean you’re not cool? Do young people still say “pot”? Would a group of young Latinos even say something like, “We’re Hispanics”? The billboard might have done well to avoid generalizing an entire ethnicity for the sake of a public service message.

For many people, the word “Hispanic” (a word created by the government in the 1980s) is a too loaded.

At the very least, the word excludes those who are, or identify as, Latino. Let’s be honest, the issue of Hispanic vs Latino requires a very nuanced and thoughtful conversation, which is well beyond the scope of any billboard. Unless the billboard was written in type 10 font, and maybe not even then.

And the billboard also uses the word “cool,” which is about as cringe-inducing as when parents try to be hip while giving the sex talk.

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When used in that way, the word “cool” is so uncool it sounds like it was also invented by the government.

The Washington Health department has since removed the billboard, the Yakima Herald reported.

It’s hard to determine whether the billboard was offensive, lame, or so lame that it was offensive, or so offensive that it was lame.

So here’s the question everyone wants an answer to…

READ: Marijuana Is About To Be Legalized For Uruguayan Citizens

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