Latinx Primer for non-Latinx Folks

David Bowles
3 min readMar 12, 2020

Dear non-Latine folks in the US (mostly y’all, White people):

Hey, heads-up. You may be making things harder on the Latinx community by how you’ve been using Latinx, Latine, Latina, Latino, Latines, Latinas and Latinos. Let me explain some nuances for you so that you don’t deploy those terms the wrong way.

First up, a definition. What is a Latine/x/a/o?

A person whose ancestors came from a Latin American country. That means they’re from Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Cuba, French-speaking Caribbean nations…

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David Bowles

A Mexican American author & translator from South Texas. Teaches literature & Nahuatl at UTRGV. President of the Texas Institute of Letters.