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Food And Wine Learned A Valuable Lesson About Respecting The Cultures Of Foods They Are Covering After This Concha Fiasco

Some times people discover new things and just can’t quite figure out how to describe them. Other times, people discover things people have been enjoying for centuries and don’t know how to explain it in non-colonizer terms. This is the situation Food and Wine found themselves in when they tweeted about these “sweet brioche-like rolls,” which are really conchas. The food magazine posted the tweet and it wasn’t long before Twitter users dragged them all over the internet for their tweet and the media outlet deleted the tweet but screen grabs are forever.

Here is the now-deleted but preserved tweet from Food and Wine that sparked the Twitter outrage.

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We all know that we were taught to add extra words and be descriptive to add to a word count in school. However, this was just a step too far for some people in the interwebs.

It wasn’t just the wording of the tweet that angered people. It was the cultural insensitivity.

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Guarantee that no Latino food journalist, Mexican or not, would have called this a “brioche-like” bread. This shows the importance of having people of color working in media to better tell these stories.

Folks were really defending the pan dulce like the cultural treasure it is.

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Now all I want is to curl up on a couch with pan dulces and cafecito. Doesn’t that sound like a perfect day in?

The tweet brought out a lot of strong emotions in the hearts of concha-loving people.

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It truly is one of those foods that takes you back to your childhood and holds you closer than any man or woman ever will. 💯

Some did see the tweet for what it was: click bait.

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It definitely did the job and caught everyone’s attention. Like, who wouldn’t stop in their tracks after seeing this tweet?

It really is disappointing to see them strip the concha of its ethnic and culture identity.

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Far too often, Eurocentric ideals have tried to change and claim parts of different cultures for their benefit. So much of our identity as Latinos is in our food. It is our childhood. It is our uniqueness. And for those of us who were born and raised in the U.S., food serves as one of the most tangible pieces of a home country we’ve never known.

Some people laid it out in simple terms.

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Not 👏🏾 at 👏🏾 all! 👏🏾 Would you call brioche bread a less sweet concha-like bread for a Mexican audience?

Enter the obligatory Columbus reference because folks still honor this behavior.

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Not that people think you can just take land anymore, unless you’re Russia. But non-ethnic folks love finding things our communities have used for decades and act like it’s a brand new food group.

Oh, Food and Wine also considers it a “light breakfast,” which it’s not.

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Have you never had one? Have you seen the size of these things? How is this a “light breakfast”?

In case folks didn’t know, one person did offer Twitter users facts about the different flavors of conchas that exist.

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Personally, I love them all. I could eat these sweet bread any and every day. Who’s going to the panadería with me after work?

Some legitimate questions have been asked about the use of brioche over concha.

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Obviously it is easier to say French words than Spanish words, right?

Also, some people don’t even know wtf is a concha so… 🤷🏽‍♂️

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It isn’t that surprising that people would get defensive about the fact that the concha was being stripped of its identity.

Even our dads got in on dragging Food and Wine.

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Spoke like a true Mexican father. “Que brioche ni que la chingada” indeed.

People are suggesting that they start hiring people of color so, you know, they can be accurate.

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It’s not that hard to understand. If you want content about Latinx culture, hire Latinx people who know and live that culture every day. It’s like expecting Latinx journalists to understand the ins and outs of Japanese cuisine.

The publication didn’t release a statement about the Twitter backlash.

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They simply deleted the tweet and kept moving. However, that’s not how people want to see things resolved online now.

And people were looking for it.

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It’s just another day in the office for a digital media company. Things spread far and wide when you put them on the internet and things never disappear once they are online.

Can we all agree that things should not be whitewashed anymore?

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Just stop. It is not a good look on anyone. Either those whitewashing seem insensitive or the ones who are upset seem unjustly angry. It needs to end.

Leave things as they are and use the real names.

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If we, the Latinx community, can learn the difference between brioche and sourdough, you can learn what a concha is.

It really will be better for everyone if we just respect each others cultures.

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It is not that hard to respect each other and our foods. That’s what this how thing is about.

While the publication stayed silent, the woman who runs their social media channels did apologize.

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At least someone at Food and Wine was big enough to admit their mistake.


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More Than 100 New Emojis Are Dropping This Year, And Our Latinx Cultura Is Represented: Meet The Tamale And Piñata Emojis

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More Than 100 New Emojis Are Dropping This Year, And Our Latinx Cultura Is Represented: Meet The Tamale And Piñata Emojis

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This weekend was special for more than just the Super Bowl, it was Día de la Candelaria (aka. Candlemas). And I don’t know about you, but I stuffed my face with tamales—as is mandatory. Why is that important? Because this weekend, we also found out that more than 100 emojis will be available on Apple this year —and one of them is an actual tamale. Is it a rajas tamale? Or is it filled with mole? We’re not too sure, but what we are sure of, it that a tamale emoji is coming and we can’t wait!

Emoji is the fastest growing language in history. 

Five billion emojis are sent every day, just on Facebook Messenger. And they’re appearing in some places you wouldn’t expect. One court judge in England used a smiley face emoji   in a document to make it easy to explain the court’s decision to children —an actual fact. So it should come as no surprise, that emoji consortiums have formed to keep updating the language and including more and more elements to it.

Starting in the second half of 2020, users can insert a tamale Emoji into any conversation.

Whether you’re including it in a text conversation about making tamales during the holidays, or simply emphasizing your craving for one of the best Latinx dishes around, the option will be there before you know it.

Emojipedia confirmed the introduction of over 100 new emojis this year.

According to Emojipedia, the emoji reference website —yes, it’s a thing—this year we’re getting 117 recently approved new emojis. From a gender inclusive alternative to Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, named Mx. Claus, to a fondue, a bell pepper and a piñata emoji. 

That’s right, Latinos are getting another emoji that illustrates our culture.

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The Piñata emoji is coming in the shape of a Donkey—granted, it’s an old, clichéd reference, but hey, it’s iconic nonetheless. Get ready to dale dale dale because the paper maché burro will be available to add to your convos, this year. 

The Christmas icon is not the only gender-neutral addition, btw.

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The new emojis will also include a woman in a tuxedo, a man in a bride veil and a gender-neutral person feeding a baby. All of these emojis are also available in all skin tones.

As reported by Emojipedia, the officially approved Emoji Version 13.0 list was published last week by the Unicode Consortium

And it features 117 new emoji that will be arriving on devices like iPhone, iPad, and Mac later this year. Apple typically adds the new emoji with the next major operating system updates in the fall.

We’ll be getting a wide array of animals, household items and more foods in emoji form!

The list of new emojis also includes other foods like bubble tea and a flat bread, animals like a seal and a cockroach, and household items like a toothbrush.

The new emojis build on last year’s round of more inclusive icons. 

A hearing aid emoji, wheelchair emoji and seeing eye dog emoji were in 2019’s new batch. A gender-neutral couple and various combinations of people with different skin colors holding hands were also made available last year.

Back in February 2019, the Unicode Consortium unveiled 230 new emojis with a majority representing people with disabilities and their needs. 

They included hearing aids, prosthetic limbs and service dogs. It also included the option for interracial couples to mix and match skin tones.

New emojis are now added to the Unicode standard on an annual basis. 

These emojis are proposed by different companies like Google, Apple and Twitter, and finalized by the start of the year. This allows ample time for these platforms to include these in future updates.

The first emojis debuted in October 2010 

10 years ago, Unicode Consortium released 722 different designs, and the genre has come a long way since. In 2015, Oxford Dictionaries’ Word of the Year was an emoji–the Face With Tears of Joy one. There’s also a World Emoji Day celebrated annually on July 17.

Chipotle Was Hit With The Biggest Child Labor Penalty In Massachusetts After An Investigation Proved The Chain Was Violating Child Labor And Sick Time Laws

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Chipotle Was Hit With The Biggest Child Labor Penalty In Massachusetts After An Investigation Proved The Chain Was Violating Child Labor And Sick Time Laws

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Chipotle was just hit with the biggest child labor penalty in the state of Massachusetts. Turns out the Mexican fast-food chain was cited for violating child labor and sick time laws. Some of the child labor violations include minors working without valid work permits, working too late into the evening and too many hours daily and weekly. 

Massachusetts’s Attorney General just hit Chipotle with the largest ever child labor penalty in the state.

Attorney General Maura Healey ordered the largest child labor penalty ever issued by the state against the Mexican restaurant chain after finding an estimated 13,253 child labor violations in its more than 50 locations.

“Chipotle is a major national restaurant chain that employs thousands of young people across the country and it has a duty to ensure minors are safe working in its restaurants,” Healey said in a statement. “We hope these citations send a message to other fast-food chains and restaurants that they cannot violate our child labor laws and put young people at risk.”

A review of the chain’s records revealed that minors “routinely worked in violation of the child labor laws,” according to AG Healey.

The fine detailed that Chipotle had employees under the age of 18 working past midnight and for more than 48 hours a week. Teenagers told investigators their hours of work were so long that it was preventing them from keeping up with their schoolwork. The company also regularly hired minors without work permits. 

Some Twitter users and former Chipotle employees were not surprised. 

“Not even a small bit surprised” tweeted one user.

Just last year, workers at an NYC Chipotle staged a mini-strike over the same issues.

“Keep your tacos, keep your bowls, pay your workers what they’re owed!” chanted the crowd of about 30 workers before employees at the Sixth Ave. store in Greenwich Village walked off the job in a staged strike. Workers at another four Chipotle outlets in the city planned to join the Manhattan group in a protest against their employer, which had violated city law by overbooking their weekly work schedules.

“Right now, we’re fighting for our rights as Chipotle workers,” said part-time employee Carlos Hernandez. “I honestly don’t believe the management shows the employees respect. They just don’t want to give us the hours. They don’t want to give us more money.”

The AG’s office of Massachusetts began investigating Chipotle in 2016.

The investigation started after a minor’s parent alleged that the employee had worked “well past” midnight at a Chipotle restaurant in Beverly, the AG’s office said. Audits between 2015 and 2019 identified child labor violations such as minors working without valid work permits, too late into the evening, and too many hours daily and weekly. The chain regularly permitted dozens of 16- and 17-year-old employees to work later than what is allowed by law and worked minors past the nine-hour daily limit and 48-hour weekly limit, the AG’s office said.

Some people have taken to social media to express their discomfort with Chipotle as a workplace.

“Working at this Chipotle makes me feel real uncomfortable” wrote one user. “They over work [their] minors”

Chipotle also did not notify employees of their right to earned sick time. 

According to the AG’s office, the chain did not properly notify employees of their rights under the earned sick time law. It failed to provide the AG’s office with complete timekeeping records and, in some locations, failed to pay workers within six days of the end of the pay period. 

The chain was cooperative with the investigation and is now in compliance with state child labor laws. 

“We are committed to ensuring that our restaurants are in full compliance with all laws and regulations and we believe that in hiring workers beginning at age 16, we can provide younger employees with valuable experiences and provide a compelling work environment,” Laurie Schalow, chief corporate reputation officer of Chipotle, said in a statement.

The settlement total is close to $2 million.

The settlement includes penalties for earned sick time violations in which managers granted employees paid time off only for certain illnesses. The violations also include failure to keep accurate records and pay timely wages. Lastly, the company was ordered a voluntary $500,000 payout to a state youth worker fund dedicated to education, enforcement, and training.

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