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Latinos Have Mixed Feelings About America’s Obsession With Pumpkins

All you have to do is open your eyes to witness America’s obsession with pumpkins and flavored food, drinks and even overpriced candles at the start of fall. Even if it’s 90 degrees out and you’re on Miami Beach, someone is drinking a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Trader Joe’s is selling pumpkin flavored dog treats, pumpkin spiced pancake mix, pumpkin filled pop tarts, pumpkin flavored oatmeal. I could go on.

Americans love pumpkin. But what about us Latinx-Americans? Trust, I am already reconsidering how that stereotype is exclusionary when Latinos (and everyone for that matter) should be able to participate and be reflected in mainstream American culture. Perdóname.

Pumpkins in America: A History Beginning with Starbucks

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It all started 15 years ago when Starbucks started developing the pumpkin spice flavor after seeing the flavor soar in consumer tests. Apparently, after fiddling with the recipe, they decided to not include pumpkin at all. This sparked the beginning of pumpkin spice product tidal wave in the market.

Starbucks has sold over 200 million PSL’s since it’s first release.

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And, apparently, created a Twitter account for Pumpkin Spice Latte. It has over 110k followers. ????

Latinos be like, “can I have the squash coffee?”

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Pumpkins have no seasonal significance with us. We put squash in so many of our dishes year round, that we don’t get the obsession over a gourd.

In a way, the following statement feels like a restatement of our Latinidad.

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Anyone who is firmly against PSL’s or any other pumpkin spiced product is stubbornly proud that they aren’t participating in the trend. It makes you wonder: have they even tried it though?

Yes. We are willing to give PSL’s a try. Still, no.

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We’re used to our coffee tasting like coffee, not sugar syrup. That’s my theory for the anti-PSL community.

More proof that we’re open-minded people:

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Even international visitors have given the PSL’s a shot and it’s just a solid, no gracias. I mean, context is everything. Don’t expect a PSL to give you energy.

We just have so many questions for you, pumpkin loving Americans.

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I mean, it makes sense. Pumpkins are native to North America, especially in Canada and the United States. They’re planted in the summer and are ready to be carved and eaten right around October. 🙂

Because so many of us grew up with out top priority being keeping the house clean.

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Personally, my mom is a crafty mother. She entered pumpkin decorating contests annually, and put false eyelashes on every lady pumpkin she ever carved.

So we haven’t had that bonding, sensory overload memory of carving pumpkins.

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The memories of doing something as scandalously messy y ‘peligroso’ as carving pumpkins stands out as a fun time. Goopy pumpkin seeds, silly faces, and toasted pumpkin seeds for days.

And some of us are afraid it’ll make us less Latino.

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I assure you, there is no food you could eat that will destroy the fuerza that is Latinx blood running through your veins.

The culture divide is so strong, it’s got trolls calling Latinxs “white latina”s.

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Did I or did I not say that this is a hot button issue in Latino America right now? Por favor, don’t let PSL’s tear us apart.

Pues, no te preocupes. You’ll always be Latino.

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Smell that candle. Try that pumpkin pasta sauce. Whateva. You’ll always be Latinx, and there will always be Latinxs that have your back.

Plot twist: there are those of us who lo amos.

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Newsflash, if you’re a Latino living in the USA, támbien somos Americanos. So many of us grew up with our friends *needing* a PSL, especially given that the hype started happening right around high school.

So much so that @TheRealPSL will actually retweet this Hallmark statement.

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There is something irrevocably comforting about the PSL, but only if you’ve spent the last ten years drinking it. As teenagers, it was basically just spicy sugar water, but it reminds us of cooler weather, Halloween and all the holiday foods.

Because let’s face it. We’re Latino and it’s made of coffee.

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There is something that is so Latino about drinking coffee. It connects us to our ancestors and puts us in the right mood for the rest of the day.

It might not be gourmet, but it is still delicious all the same..

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But, again, we’re in it for the feels. Starbucks has incepted us. It barely even matters what it tastes like anymore. We’re paying for the emotions.

Ok, I mean, some people actually like the flavor.

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But I would like to see a study on the psychological effects of the PSL on our brains. Why is it so good for some of us and so gross for others?

So much so they’ll marry you for your PSL delivery.

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Remember that I said it here first. Americans like pumpkin spice, but they love the feeling it gives them just once a year. If you could marry it, it may even lose its appeal.

It’s not even about the Starbucks brand.

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Caption: “Me había sobrado un poco de calabaza y quería probar lo del pumpkin spice latte este casero. Ahora toda mi cocina huele a clavo, canela, jengibre, dátiles y café y soy un poco más feliz. ”

Most of us just live in the gray, como todo.

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For those of us who like pumpkin, it’s because it’s so closely associated with autumn feels of Día de los Muertos, dressing up like J-Lo for Halloween as a kid, and eating more arroz con leche than you can handle. Dash some pumpkin spice on that café if you want.


READ: It’s That Time Of Year Again. Are You A Basic PSL Or A Decadent Cafe De Olla? Take The Quiz And Find Out

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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