AOC Opened Up To Users On Twitter About Struggling To Speak Spanish Fluently And The Support She Received Is Inspiring
Despite popular beliefs, not everyone who is Latino or of Latino descent speaks or understands Spanish. You can take a look at some of the most prominent faces in our community as an example of this. Selena Quintanilla sang her songs in Spanish but didn’t really grasp the language until later in her short life. Actors and singers like Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Mark Consuelos and even Eva Longoria have said that the language is not one they are able to speak fluently. Even Presidential hopeful Julian Castro has admitted to not knowing it fluently.
In a conversation with Univision Nueva York, U.S. Senate superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admitted that for her, Spanish is an ongoing muscle she has to train.
The Congresswoman posted about speaking Spanish during a Univision Nueva York interview about the Green New Deal.
Ocasio-Cortez frequently uses Spanish in her interactions with the public. While her handle of the language seems pretty alright by us, it was clear in the comment section of her post that the topic she brought up with controversial.
Many users were quick to praise AOC for highlighting the issue.
After all, Spanish is a language that is used by 13 percent of the country. That’s a pretty big group. Moreover, with so many migrants coming to the U.S. each year (not all being Spanish speakers or Latin American immigrants BTW) there is value in ensuring we allow other cultures to grow and flourish in this country as well. Diversity can only make us better.
Of course, that’s not the only thing that sparked conversation.
AOC’s use of the term Latinx really sent some people into a tizzy.
The term Latinx, while appreciated by many in the Latin American community, has proved to be controversial for others in recent years. Backlash over the term primarily occurs because of its suggested push for “political correctness.” And to that, we say: is there really anything wrong with trying to be inclusive?
Of course, many were quick to support and encourage AOC on fine-tuning her Spanish.
After all, not only are we not all perfect, studies have shown that practicing and learning new languages helps with brain function and understanding of other cultures. What’s more, when it comes to Spanish, more and more people are learning the language. According to the U.S. census, our country is home to 41 million native Spanish speakers. That’s 13% of the population.
AOC word’s clearly struck a chord with her audience.
So if you’re learning Spanish, don’t know it yet but want to learn, or are just working the muscle of the language, keep up the hard work. Being smart and educated takes a lot of work, but it’s worth it.
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