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'Hispandering': Is the Term Offensive or Funny?

Hispandering: verb, to pander to Latinos. This is the word of the week!

In a recent Buzzfeed article profiling Governor O’Malley from Maryland, his recent pro-immigrant policies were put under a microscope–policies, that as Buzzfeed’s editor of Latino coverage, Adrian Carrasquillo writes, “read like an activist’s wishlist.”

But not everyone is on board with this. GOP spokeswoman Izzy Santa told Carrasquillo, “winning elections is based on substance and so far Martin O’Malley is relying on Hispandering to win.”

The Democratic National Committee was quick with a response: “The RNC can’t call for a substantive dialogue, then eight words later coin a silly and offensive phrase that demeans issues important to Latinos.”

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez spoke to Julio Ricardo Varela, founder of Latino Rebels and Michelle H. Mulligan, editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan for Latinas, to discuss.

Credit: Andrea Torres and Bianca Perez

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