The 21st Show

ENCORE: Latinx, Latino, Hispanic: How Do You Identify?


Reginald Hardwick/Illinois Newsroom

Editor's Note: While our live broadcast is preempted by the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations from recent weeks. This conversation originally aired on October 1, 2020.

Over the decades, Hispanic and Latino have been the most prominent labels used to describe the U.S. population of people who trace their roots to Latin America and Spain. Within more recent years, Latinx has been introduced as a gender-neutral label for the Latino and Hispanic community and has been used by universities and news organizations. A Pew Research study in August revealed "Latinx" was used by just 3% of U.S. Hispanics.

The 21st was joined by a panel of guests to talk more about the usage of Latinx within the Hispanic and Latinx community. 


Christina Abreu, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies at Northern Illinois University

Leslie Hurtado, reporter for a nonprofit bilingual news source in Illinois

Roy Jaime, student at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mark Hugo Lopez, director of global migration and demography research at Pew Research Center


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