The Latinx Vote Comes Of Age : Code Switch

If there was ever a time to take Latinx voters seriously, it's this year. For the first time, they are projected to be the second-largest voting demographic, and young voters are the behind the numbers.

10/29/2020 1:11:00 PM

If there was ever a time to take Latinx voters seriously, it's this year. For the first time, they are projected to be the second-largest voting demographic, and young voters are the behind the numbers.

For the first time in election history, Latinos are projected to be the second-largest voting demographic in the country. The reason? Gen Z Latinx voters, many of whom are casting a ballot for the first time in 2020. So we asked a bunch of them: Who do you plan to vote for? What issues do you care about? And what do you want the rest of the country to know about you?

And according to historian Geraldo Cadava, there are a million more eligible Latino voters this election cycle than there were in 2016.So we wanted to ask these new voters: Who do you plan to vote for? What issues do you care about? And what do you want the rest of the country to know about you?

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On this week's episode, you'll hear this new generation of Latinx voters speak for themselves about what's gotten them fired up in 2020. Here's a sampling of what people told us; their responses have been edited and condensed for clarity.

Victor Samuel Martinez-Rivera, 23, is from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, but has been living in Orlando, Fla. since Hurricane Maria hit the island.this is his first time voting in a general election.Eve Edelheit for NPRtoggle captionEve Edelheit for NPRMost of these voters experienced their political awakening after the 2016 election and during the Trump administration.

"I remember in the eighth grade when Donald Trump first had his announcement that he was running for president. I had never heard of him or seen him before in my life. And so I was like,Who is this dude?I was surprised that someone could just outright say the things that he said, targeted towards Mexicans specifically. The assumptions that I already had about Republicans were that they were racist, but I had never actually seen flat-out racism like that, unapologetic, that they weren't hiding the fact that they're racist."

-Alanisse Pineda, 18; Chicago, Ill."I think I was 14, so I was just starting high school. I remember feeling very surprised by the outcome. I remember reading some news articles and watching the news and seeing that Hillary had actually won by popular vote. But then the actual outcome was Trump became president. And I was like,

how?How did the system become so messed up that the people haven't been represented?I think that's something that sparked my interest in politics right now and just in organizing and volunteering, and how I am working today to ensure that doesn't happen."

-Laura Hermosillo, 18; Tucson, Ariz."Being a freshman in high school was very scary, because my parents are immigrants from Mexico. And just seeing how my community reacted to Trump and Mike Pence being inaugurated really set forth me becoming educated in what stances I believe in."

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-Leslie Gomez, 18; Kinderhook, N.Y.Some have struggled with how to cast their ballot."The only information that I know [about the two candidates] is based on what people have told me, and basically I've heard that both options aren't the best. With Trump, for example, there's a lot of racism on his side. And as for Biden — well, I'm a Christian, and so I've heard that he's for same sex marriages and all that, and we're supposed to be against that. But I'm just not too sure where I would want to place my vote."

-Andrea Torres, 19; Prescott Valley, Ariz.Heber Toscano, 19, was born in El Paso, Tx., but spend a lot of time right across the border in Juarez. His time in Mexico shaped his now-conservative politics and vote for Donald Trump:"I never really speak of my political views because I know they're controversial, and because it's something personal to me, because of what I've lived through."

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CodeSwitch Vote Biden, crush white hate.. Donald Trump's drug of choice. The Republicans go to thier savior's THRE white supremacists time and time again. They keep you from voting, then make policies that hurt your people. Not to mention find ways to throw out you wishes. This party evil. CodeSwitch eternal life Jesus [heyzoos] travel speed of thought over 2 trillion galaxies food 1000 x better musicians 1000 yrs exp no death no prisons 10000 yrs in no problemo hit re set re hit fun button

CodeSwitch Well said here by Jorge Masvidal. The Democrats think they are just entitled to the Latino vote. CodeSwitch Most Latinos don’t want to be called Latinx CodeSwitch Remember seeing those videos of white people telling Spanish speakers not to speak their language because they were in America? Who do you think emboldened those people to believe they could get away with that? 🤔

CodeSwitch Latinx 🤡 CodeSwitch Latinx is stupid. Autocorrect changes it. CodeSwitch That must be so frustrating to only be considered as worth something by our government every four years. We need to do better! CodeSwitch Why use both Latinos and Latinx? CodeSwitch I am Latin American. We don't use the term Latinx, we don't identify with it. If you want me to listen to the story don't call us Latinx.

CodeSwitch Why don’t we just say “Latin” and drop the x? CodeSwitch You shouldn't think of people of latin descent as a voting block. The family cultures are incredibly varied. Identity politics doesn't work well to begin with. It's not even applicable to this diverse of a group. CodeSwitch CodeSwitch ( X ) DOUBT

CodeSwitch Bu the way, learn to say things right.. latina at females and latino are males. What’s this latinx term? CodeSwitch TrumpsDeadlySins VoteBlueToSaveAmerica CodeSwitch About FN time CodeSwitch Just here for all the snowflakes getting triggered by the word 'latinx'. CodeSwitch And we all know who most will be voting for.

CodeSwitch Mexican here. We don’t say or use Latinx. CodeSwitch This is exactly what we need, the power the change realized. CodeSwitch what's a latinx? CodeSwitch Don't fall for the non-existent Latinos for Trump. CodeSwitch 🙄ALL WHITE LATINOS CodeSwitch Not bad from NPR. Showed a minority who voted for trump.

CodeSwitch 'Latinx' voters don't exist, so there's that. CodeSwitch I can't believe some of them actually vote for Trump! Why in the world? CodeSwitch Yup! And Trump has secures the majority Latino vote 🤗 CodeSwitch I care about you guys using Latinx. CodeSwitch Is it true most Latinos and Latinas dislike the term “Latinx” ? Just a dumb white guy asking some questions.

CodeSwitch Latinx is not a thing. CodeSwitch You used Latinos and Latinx is the same headline? I’d like you to take Latinx out of your style guide as it’s a made up word that doesn’t represent Latinos and is an insult to the Spanish language. CodeSwitch Biden rhetoric classic high level language ignore jobs domestic mfg consumer role in national wealth. When will he invite Hillary to join govt how many troops heading back to Middle East

CodeSwitch Does Latinx only refer to gen Z? CodeSwitch Latinx is fake and gay CodeSwitch 90% of news about covid and trump CodeSwitch Latinx is a racist term I think latinx at this point its like american born latino, but as a latino my comunity as male, female or even the nb (who use latine) dont accept latinx as a term

“Latin American” is the phrase you’re looking for—it’s in English, already gender neutral, & reinforces that we were in the Americas first. Forcing a Spanish language word to fit your “superior” English rules is insulting and xenophobic. Must be what the x actually stands for... Yes we are diverse, yes we are immigrants or born here in the US. Yes we will become the majority. Proud Brown Latinx individual here, thank you your work!!

Yes.... take these guys seriously... good luck Latinx is nonsense, stop saying if you expect anyone to take you seriously. Being Hispanic/Latino whatever. I don't see how any party can do anything for 'us.' We aren't all immigrants so there goes that. Anyway, the increase in child tax credit from TCJA helps me invest in my children's future (they're Hispanic too btw). With that being said, I vote red

Stop calling us Lantix. WLRN I bet if you contact trace latinx you'll find it was born out of a love affair between a linguistics major and a woman's studies major at some place like Middlebury, or Bard. I DONT LIKE TO BE CALLED LATINX please stop using that word!!!! Yo soy Mexican, Chingao!!! It's LATINX and you like it.....because whitey mcliberal says so

Is that pronounced Lah-teenks? Or Latin X? The former is very demeaning and the latter sounds like porn. Or is it Latin Ten? That sounds like a bio pic about a group of Mexicans who were wrongfully arrested in the 60s 🤣 Amazing how most fly over the content of the article but only want to get heated about ‘Latinx’ usage

This latino voted for Biden! white leftists really pushing this 'latinx' to their own grave to make it be a thing 🤣 They lived in socialism no smart enough not to vote for it only leftist are indoctrinated in a socialist Utopia This 'Latinx' thing is monumentally stupid. Woke white people trying to push Latinx is one of the funniest things I’ve seen. How full of yourself do you have to be to tell another culture that their language is sexist and try to change it for them.

Please don’t refer to us as Latinx. It’s insulting. Hey NPR why we hiding the Biden Corruption Story? Good Morning Mr. President TODAY’S US COVID19 DEATHS is 233,138 You can IGNORE the DAILY Moms, Dads & Kids Body Counts caused by YOUR INCOMPETENCE in directing the world’s most powerful Government’s Crisis Response! Sadly they are gone & can no longer speak out... However WE CAN

Nobody actually says Latinx Point being is we will never accept latinx as a thing so stop trying to push it on us. It will NEVER happen WLRN LatinX does not exist. Learn Spanish. When in doubt, please visit RAEinforma Ironic when you consider Latinos will never take you seriously if you insist on using this terminology.

First, get rid of this bull shit 'Latinx', No one from Latin America, or anywhere else uses this dumb term. No one. No one has heard of it. Stop pushing it. Not going to happen. Use Hispanics, Latinos, or old school (others) Fk weirdos Repeat after me. Latinx is not the same as Latino. graygoods My children identify as Latino/a they hate the 'x' term. Stop it!

Name me one career democrat politician who supported JoeBiden when he first announced he was making a 3rd attempt to be President. You can't become they all know what a failure he is. JoeBiden couldn't get a job as an essential at Walmart. *latinx The latinks voters, is how I read that. Remember young voters. Do-nothing JoeBiden has been a career politician who has accomplished nothing. 50 years of 'vote for me. I'll fix everything ' and still dealing with the same issues. Failed 2 times to be President. Why? Because he does nothing.

It’s Hispanic. Stop with this gibberish im a latina and i have no idea what’s it’s a latinx NPR: Please stop using that silly latinx word. I promise you this: I’ll stop supporting my local station—MPBN—if you choose not to. In addition, I’ll mobilize to urge other supporters not to pledge until you stop your nonsense.

.5% of the population can change the way we describe 99.5% because of feelings. Just absolutely ridiculous. No one buys this Latinx 🗑 You could maybe take these voters more seriously by dropping the term 'Latinx', which a majority of them disapprove of. FYI they don't like the term latinx and many of them are voting for president Trump part of the reason would be the corruption of Joe Biden.

The Hispanic vote is trending toward Trump. Please stop using “Latinx”, we are LATINOS. Im Latino... what the fck is a latinX Why did you not take them seriously before? Sounds racist. What the hell is Latinx? Is this shit necessary? 'Latinx' is nonsense. Even the article uses Latino. Still doing that segregation thing huh

Question: what is Latin x, like in comparison to just Latino? 😬 What is Latinx? Is it more of the change history, change definitions, impose radical socialist Democrat idealogy nonsense onto people through an illegitimate news source that now spreads propaganda for political operatives? Oh, it is. How sad.

..for the despair of the white supremacists 😎💡🌱 Finally! What if they vote to not be called a stupid ethnonym like “Latinx?” There's that super racist 'latinx' term again “Latinx” is not a word. Do you have to have pink hair to be la tinks? Stop trying to make 'LatinX' happen. ...or the despair of the white supremacist 😎🌱💡

what's a Latinx? It's impossible for Latinx voters to be the second largest voting demographic when like 1% of Latinos identify as Latinx lol So what is it? LatinX or Latino. Make up your damned minds. I suspect you don't know how Right you are, . La Tinks? Good sampling of Hispanic voters, they’ll love it

We're still doing the Latinx thing huh. Weird. Stop saying latinx. Lol you mean Latino thank you very much for your work

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