“The term ‘Latino’ often obscures rather than clarifies the politics of specific ethnic or racial communities with growing class divisions.” Associate Professor Armando Ibarra examines this overlooked element in the op-ed ‘Latinos’ and the Election.
Mainstream media outlets are struggling to explain “Latino” political behaviors and voting patterns in the wake of the 2020 election. They are just as shocked today by the results as they were in 2016, and as they have been every four years since at least 1980.
Back then it was the “Hispanic” vote. Now it’s the “Latino” vote. Who knows? Maybe in 2024 it will be the “Latinx” vote that the media will be interested in ascertaining.
The press may change its language, but it never seems to learn from its errors in writing about communities of Latin American descent.
Read the full article here ‘Latinos’ and the Election.