Following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announcing that vaccinated people don’t have to wear masks anymore, an altercation over masks broke out in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Hill’s Scott Wong was in the room when it happened. Rep. Marjorie Greene Taylor’s (R-GA) Communications Director Nick Dyer started the spat. When he saw Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) wearing a mask on the floor, he reminded him of Thursday’s subsequent announcement from President Biden.
“Biden says you can take off your mask,” Dyer said.
Wong saw Swalwell get “in [Dyer’s] face.” Then, according to Dyer, Swalwell told him: “You don’t tell me what to f***ing do!”
Then, after reports of the incident, Swalwell doubled down, saying he “regret[s he] wasn’t more explicit.” To hear him tell it, he was standing up to a bully. “No one should be bullied for wearing a mask.” In the tweet, he called the director an aide.
But Greene says Swalwell was the bigger bully. She claims he “chased my staffer into the Capitol, cornered him and exploded in anger inches from his face.”
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Hispanic Democrats ban term ‘Latinx’ used ‘to appease white rich progressives’
Lawmakers in Connecticut which are both Hispanic and Democrats, have proposed a new state law to ban the term “Latinx” from all government documents. The term is deemed offensive by the lawmakers who want to end the practice.
“I’m of Puerto Rican descent and I find it offensive,” Democratic state representative Geraldo Reyes told the Associated Press.
“The Spanish language, which is centuries old, defaults to Latino for everybody,” Reyes added. “It’s all-inclusive. They didn’t need to create a word, it already exists.”
Reyes is the bill’s chief sponsor, and was joined by four other Hispanic Democrats who are also members of then Black and Puerto Rican Caucus in the Connecticut Legislature.
The Connecticut lawmakers are not alone in their sentiment. In 2021, Democratic Representative Ruben Gallego of Arizona tweeted “When Latino politicos use the term it is largely to appease white rich progressives who think that is the term we use.” Gallego added that his office was not allowed to use the term in any official communications.
To be clear my office is not allowed to use “Latinx” in official communications.
When Latino politicos use the term it is largely to appease white rich progressives who think that is the term we use. It is a vicious circle of confirmation bias. https://t.co/kMty6q7UQn
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) December 6, 2021
National Review reports:
The same year, the League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest community organization in the United States, declared it would no longer use Latinx. The term has also been rejected by Real Academia Española, a governing body that oversees the Spanish language.
While the term has been enthusiastically adopted by progressive academics and far-left activists, polling reveals it has not gained traction within the broader Hispanic population.
“The word Latino is incredibly exclusionary, both for women and for non-gender conforming people,” Maia Gil’adi, a professor at Boston University, told the AP. “And the term Latinx is really useful because of the way it challenges those conceptions.”
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