Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders Bans “Latinx” On First Day In Office

Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders Bans “Latinx” On First Day In Office

Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders Bans “Latinx” On First Day In Office

Sarah Huckabee Sanders banned the state government from using the word “Latinx” in an executive order issued on her first day as governor of Arkansas.

Trump’s former White House press secretary and the daughter of former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee signed the order immediately after being sworn in on Tuesday.

Northwestern University Associate Professor of Social Development and Social Policy, Dr. Tabitha Bonilla, told NBC News that this is likely the first executive order of its kind.

After being sworn in, Mrs. Huckabee Sanders signed six other ordinances. Among them was the banning of schools from teaching critical race theory – a subject used by conservatives in law school for almost anything involving race issues. The new governor also signed orders on budgeting, spending, and other matters.

With the exception of “Latinx”, the executive orders closely followed Ms. Huckabee Sanders’ campaign points. Latinx is a gender-neutral term used by some instead of Latinos or Latinos.

“It was nothing I’ve seen from her so far. So it was surprising,” Dr. Bonilla told NBC.

The book was written by Ed Morales Latinx: a new force in American politics and culture. He told the facility that the order was part of “that anti-wake up program” the Republican Party is pushing.

“It seems to be related to the things they oppose, which is anything that prioritizes marginalized people and marginalized viewpoints,” Morales said.

Dr. Bonilla told NBC it was surprising that Latinx was included in the first orders signed by the governor.

“It sets the tone for the type of governance you want to bring in, what you prioritize, and the types of decision-making you’ll be making in the office,” she said.

The term has been derided by those on the right, its use is debated among a small number of Hispanics.

Ms. Huckabee Sanders pointed to a 2020 Pew Research report showing that only three percent of U.S. Hispanics use the word.

She also noted that the Real Academia Española, a cultural institution in the Spanish capital, rejected the use of the letter “x” instead of “o” and “a”.

The ordinance states that it aims to remove “ethnically insensitive” and “pejorative language”.

Mr. Morales said Mrs. Huckabee Sanders appears to be using the Pew report to claim that “people find it offensive or that they reject it” and ignoring the fact that subsequent research has shown a slight increase in the use of the word as well as other neutral words gender, including “Latin”.

Dr. Bonilla noted that the warrant does not state that the Pew report revealed that 76 percent of Hispanics had not heard the term Latinx before.

“She presents these justifications and I think she was just trying to present data and information in a way that is really about pimping,” Dr. Bonilla said of the governor.

Pew says nearly four percent of eligible voters in Arkansas are Hispanic.

“I don’t think it comes up very often in most government documents,” added Dr Bonilla. “My big question is who is affected the most?”

The term Latinx often refers to Latinos who do not identify as male or female.

“It’s really about trans people and non-binary people,” Dr. Bonilla told NBC. “And in the language, it’s also portrayed as pertaining to the Hispanic community.”

Independent asked the Marshal’s Office for comment.

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