Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity

Vintage. Oct. 2020. 336p. ISBN 9781984899095. pap. $16.95. SOC SCI
In her first book, VICE journalist and progressive activist Ramos champions the term Latinx as an empowering collective identity--a grassroots banner inclusive of all Hispanics and Latino/as, be they undocumented, poor, queer, indigenous, or Black. Touring the United States, Ramos interviews Latinx people who are redefining Latino identity. She encounters Indigenous Guatemalan immigrants who do not speak Spanish, women farmworkers battling pollution and sexual harassment, Afro-Latinas who face racism from white-passing Hispanics, and an undocumented drag queen from El Salvador who competes in Miss Gay America. This work gives voice to this diversity. The author's own life echoes these themes. She is a queer, first-generation, millennial woman with Mexican and Cuban parents and an Afro-Latina partner. "The only label that can accommodate that spectrum of ambiguity," concludes Ramos, "is the Latinx banner." This personal narrative is in many ways her own story of "coming out Latinx." Readers can build on this book by picking up Ed Morales's Latinx or Laura E. Gómez's Inventing Latinos.
VERDICT A revelatory, celebratory trip through the amazing diversity of Latinx.
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