The New York Yankees organization was taken to task on social media following a series of tweets that had nothing to do with Major League Baseball.
According to Townhall.com, on Thursday evening the social media accounts of the Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays moved on from coverage of their game and instead tweeted “facts about the impacts of gun violence” after the horrific murders of fourth-grade students at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, where a lone 18-year-old gunman shot and killed 19 children and two adults.
In addition, the recent mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., was also cited.
— New York Yankees
At least nine such facts were tweeted out, along with citations to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and various studies and surveys. The one gaining particular attention, though, took the virtue signaling a step further.
“Each year, more than 4,100 Latinx people die from gun violence in the U.S. and 13,300 are shot and wounded,” the Yankees organization tweeted.
Each year, more than 4,100 Latinx people die from gun violence in the U.S. and 13,300 are shot and wounded.
— New York Yankees
The “Latinx” reference is what really generated the pushback.
Actually, zero Latinx people have died from gun violence because there is no such thing as a Latinx person
— Matt Walsh
you’re a baseball team, and Latinx isn’t a word
— Jessica O’Donnell
Latinx is a slur made up by woke bigots.
— Jacob Airey
“Latinx” is a slur to the Latino and Hispanic community. 98% of Latinos don’t want to be called Latinx. Corporate America worships at the altar of left wing lunacy now. It’s absolutely disgusting. Knock it off.
— Robby Starbuck
In a quoted retweet, one user offered that Everytown for Gun Safety wrote the tweet’s text.
You can tell that Everytown wrote this because they're the only major gun control group that regularly says Latinx
— Rob Romano ()
“People discuss the word ‘Latinx,’ a gender-neutral term that is sometimes used in place of Latino/Latina, after the New York Yankees used it in a Tweet about gun violence,” Twitter explained after the term trended.