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11 Things That Came As A Culture Shock To This Miami Girl When I Moved To L.A.

Going from one sunny spot on the east coast to another sunny city on the west coast can’t be that much of a culture shock, can it? While Miami and Los Angeles are both amazing cities that do have a lot of things in common, here are some things I, as a born and bred Miamian, noticed when I moved here from the 305. 

1. Yes, traffic is as bad as everyone tells you it is.

Latinos are already notorious for being late. Adding in the 45 minutes it takes to cross 7 miles on the 405 doesn’t help your case.

2. BUT, L.A. drivers actually pay attention to basic road rules and signs.

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Shocking, right? People in L.A. actually use their blinker and will let you through! In Miami, your signal tells other drivers to speed up and NOT let you in.

3. A proper cafecito cubano is an enigma.

Alright, I know I haven’t been here long enough, but I’m going to need something stronger than a $6 Ethiopian pour-over. SHOW ME THE WAY!

4. It’s sunny like Florida, but the shade can get a little fresquito.

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While it doesn’t snow, it does get chilly when you’re not in direct sunlight – something Miamians aren’t used to. Abuelita’s advice to always have a sueter on hand will finally make sense.

5. Don’t expect to swim in the beach.

Both coasts have beautiful beaches, but while Miami’s beaches are as warm as a hot bath, SoCal beaches…are very cold. Sorry, I’ve been spoiled by the Atlantic Ocean.

6. Flake level is pretty much the same.

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“We should hang out sometime!” generally means “I will probably never speak to you again” in both cities. Ugh.

7. You will never get tired of the mountains, hills, and landscapes in L.A.

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…especially when the biggest mountain in SoFla is a garbage dump next to the Turnpike 🙁

8. The dry air and low humidity means your peinado will last longer than a day.

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*emoji prayer hands* I am finally out of the swamp!

9. “It’s so beautiful today!” is a phrase that’ll get old quick.

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It’s sunny and clear – a lot. So get used to it.

10. You’ll be feeling yourself when you expertly drive the L.A. streets when it actually does rain.

Those afternoon Florida storms have been training you for this moment all of your life.

11. Your social media handles are *very* important.

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Since I’ve been here, I’ve had tons of people ask me for my Instagram or Twitter name rather than my phone number, and I’ve never felt so incompetent with my follower numbers. (Follow me @danieluh, thanks.)


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Did you move to L.A. from Miami or another city? What are some things that you love? Or things that you have to get used to? Let us know below!

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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A Florida Doctor Is Being Charged with a Hate Crime After Assaulting a Latino Man at a Supermarket

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It’s an unfortunate reality that Latinos face immense amounts of racism in America. Case in point: a Florida doctor is facing hate crime charges after assaulting a Latino man at a supermarket.

According to police, a 58-year-old woman followed a Latino man out to the parking lot, keyed his car, smashed his phone, and punched him–all the while hurling racially-charged insults at him.

The altercation happened on Jan. 20th at a Publix supermarket in Hialeah, Florida–a town with a large Latino population. It all started when the victim, an unnamed Latino man, asked Dr. Jennifer Susan Wright to maintain social distancing in Spanish. After she ignored him, the man repeated the question in English.

It was at this point that Dr. Wright, who is an anesthesiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center, became incensed and began muttering curse words under her breath. After the man left the grocery store, Dr. Wright followed him out to the parking lot.

She began to verbally berate him, calling him a “spic” and telling him “we should have gotten rid of you when we could.”

According to the police report, she also said: “This is not going to be Biden’s America, this is my America.” The woman then took her keys out an began to “stab the victim’s vehicle with her keys” while telling him to “go back to his country”.

The man took out his phone to call 911 and the woman allegedly punched him, causing him to drop his phone. When he bent over to pick his phone up, she allegedly kicked him and tried to stomp on his phone.

The woman fled before the police came, but she was arrested on Feb 12th at her home in Miami Springs.

The woman was initially charged with tampering with a victim, criminal mischief and battery with prejudice. The “hate crime” charge was later added, elevating the crime to a felony.

According to reports, Wright posted her $1000 bail and is now awaiting trial. Mount Sinai Medical Center released a statement saying that Dr. Wright is “no longer responsible for patient care” after assaulting a Latino man.

According to the Miami Herald, neighbors know Dr. Jennifer Wright as an ardent Trump supporter. Her social media pages are riddled with far-right, Pro-Trump memes and photos of her posing in a MAGA hat. She even uploaded a post that read: “It’s Okay To Be White.”

We can all agree that it’s “okay” to be white. It’s okay to be any race. We cannot, however, all agree that it’s okay to be a violent, racist bigot. We hope the victim has recovered and we hope Jennifer Wright will face justice.

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

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The Miami Herald Apologizes For Including Racist, Anti-Semitic Insert In Newspaper

Readers of the Miami Herald and the El Nuevo Herald noticed a racist and anti-Semitic insert in one of the latest editions. The column in the insert compared BLM activists to Nazis while talking down about the Jewish community.

The Miami Herald recently published a racist and anti-Semitic insert.

The offensive piece, written by Cuban exile Roberto Luque Escalona, received harsh and immediate backlash. Escalona expresses his displeasure for the Jewish community and those seeking racial justice by joining BLM with one column.

“What kind of people are these Jews” writes Escalona. He then continues to “teach” Jewish people the history of the Holocaust and claims that BLM supporters are worse than the Nazis during Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, because the Nazis simply destroyed things and didn’t steal.

The newspaper has apologized for the insert going so far as to admit that it was not properly vetted and that “internal failures” were at play.

According to an open letter, higher ups at the Miami Herald admit to the insert not being read and vetted by the staff. The obvious overlook led to a 40-page insert of right-wing propaganda to be distributed to the readers of both the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald. Since the publication, the Miami Herald claims to have ended their relationship with Libre, the insert with the racist and anti-Semitic content.

Those responsible at the Miami Herald admitted to not reading the insert before it was distributed.

“We are deeply sorry that inflammatory, racist and anti-Semitic commentary reached our el Nuevo Herald subscribers through LIBRE, a Spanish-language publication that paid our company to have the product printed and inserted into our print edition as a weekly supplement,” reads part of an open letter to readers. “The fact that no one in leadership, beginning with us, had previously read this advertising insert until this issue was surfaced by a reader is distressing. It is one of a series of internal failures that we are investigating in order to prevent this from ever recurring.”

Readers are outraged that the newspaper would allow such offensive things to be published and distributed.

The right-wing conspiracies pushed by Libre are part of a larger Spanish-language disinformation campaign targeting Cubans in southern Florida. The community has been inundated with disinformation ahead of the 2020 election preying on the fears and ignorance within the staunchly conservative Cuban community.

“It’s difficult to measure the effect exactly, but the polling sort of shows it and in focus groups it shows up, with people deeply questioning the Democrats, and referring to the ‘deep state’ in particular — that there’s a real conspiracy against the president from the inside,” Eduardo Gamarra, a pollster and director of the Latino Public Opinion Forum at Florida International University, told Politico. “There’s a strain in our political culture that’s accustomed to conspiracy theories, a culture that’s accustomed to coup d’etats.”

The disinformation is targeting Cubans because of the growing Latino communities who tend to vote Democratic.

According to Politico, the campaign is Cuban specific. The Puerto Rican, Nicaraguan, Colombian, Venezuelan, and Dominican communities in Florida, which continue to grow, typically vote Democratic. These shifting demographics have left Republicans doing anything it takes to keep a strong hold of the Cuban community, even by means of racism, anti-Semitism, and disinformation.

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