As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, many wonder what the correct nomenclature to use. Is it Hispanic, or Latino, or Latino/a, or Latin@, or Latinoa, or Latinx?
If the first step toward liberation is self-naming, then the fact that we are unable to name ourselves reveals how far we are from this goal. Part of the problem is that many within our community fiercely argue for one term over and against another.
But the fact remains, all these terms are problematic, causing strife within our community, which, at times, is intensified by Euroamerican, conservative groups seeking to create greater division among us for their political gains.
As long as we are fighting battles over which problematic word to employ, righteously insulted whenever the wrong terminology is used to signify us, the real oppressive challenges our community faces can be ignored.
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