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23 Things That Trigger Latina Moms Like Nothing Else

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Growing up Latinx comes with its own set of house rules that only Latina moms could teach you. There are so many little things that you do without thinking about it that set your mother off into a rage filled tantrum. Some times it makes total sense. Like, leaving just one sock on the florr is enough to set your mom off and you should know that by now. However, here are 23 things that trigger our mothers like nothing else.

When you complain about smiling in the 4700th family picture.

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If you even have one glimmer in your eye about the neverending family photoshoot you’re forced into, know that your Latina mom won’t hesitate to take off her chancleta in public. You can see the fear in their eyes.

When it comes to dinner time, keep in mind that the last thing your mom wants to hear is “no tengo hambre.”

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“I grew up with one slice of pizza per day y ahora, no quieres una plata llena de mi arroz con pollo? Que te cagas.” Oddly enough, thei always works and you end up eating everything you have been served.

Translation: Declining her food is not even an option.

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It’s probably best if you just stay quiet and eat. And don’t even think about saying ‘no thank you’ to her second serving, porque eres flaca recuerdes?

When you put your bag on the ground.

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I’ve asked her so many times *why* do you care so much and all I got was a smack (i.e. it’s just superstition). The devil will take your money this way.

When you break her superstitions.

Walk under a ladder? You’re dead. Walk between two poles? Also dead. Pass the salt? You’re never coming back. Some times it just feels like she is making things up so she can get mad at you.

When you tell her you’re bored.

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Seriously tho. Look busy, don’t smile too much, and never, ever say you’re bored. Your mother will always find some kind of cleaning you can do if you say you are bored.

When you leave your Legos out.

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Legos = Puerto Rican Godzilla. Leave a couple of these bad boys out and Mama is tearing down LEGO buildings, eating LEGO people and screaming, “Here, now you have a mess to clean up!”

When you leave the lights on.

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You know what she could buy with those extra quarters? A whole other load of laundry to dry. Leaving the lights on means, “So you don’t want to wear clothes now, huh?” Not sure how but that’s what it turns into.

Even the little things, like finding an empty gallon of milk in the fridge, will drive your mom crazy.

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As an adult child of a Latina mom, I’m with her on this one. Just throw the empty gallon away. It’s not that difficult. It is too much of a tease to leave an empty carton in the fridge.

When you forget to take out the meat to thaw.

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You can’t fix this one. One time, I tried microwaving it. Please do not try this at home. Latina moms know everything. E V E R Y T H I N G !!

When you say there’s no food to eat.

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“Tenemos pickles, banana peppers, paquitos de ketchup, hard boiled eggs, galletas. Comé!” Never tell your mom we have nothing to eat. She’ll just remind you how one time when you were six, you said you weren’t hungry.

When you miss her call.

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She’s already catastrophizing everything. You’re in a ditch; she knew she should have never let you leave the house until you were 28 and you’re never leaving the house again.

Don’t even think about coming home with a tattoo.

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The real strategy: move out, move to a different country and then get a tattoo somewhere she’ll never see while she stalks your Facebook and Instagram. Also, don’t tell a soul or let anyone set their eyes on it. That’s how you survive.

When you leave the house with a messy room.

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You’ll be the first to know. Cancel all your plans. You’re not going anywhere. And if you managed to get out of the house before she discovered the mess, she will find you.

No, really.

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I love @salicerose’s Latina mom impression because it’s TOO REAL. I left a piece of tissue in my trash, I’m sorry.

Was that sass I heard?

Do NOT talk back or your mom will take her chancla off and then you know you’re in trouble. All my white friends were seriously concerned this was child abuse. It’s just #LatinaMoms.

When you’re thirsty.

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My mom would revel in the “I told you to drink all your water this morning, before we left for El Dorado” line. Then she’d tell me to just not swallow my spit for awhile and then I won’t be thirsty. Verdad.

When you ask not to go to mass.

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JAJAJAJA, NO. Absolutely not an option. You go to church on Sunday and if you don’t, you move out and then go straight to hell.

When you’re 3 minutes late past your nonexistent curfew. (Read: when she’s in a mood.)

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She can be an hour late to pick you up from school, but you’re 3 minutes y te mata. Don’t let her hear you think that sass either.

If there’s one thing that drives your mom crazy, it’s when she sees you using your phone all day instead of helping her clean.

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Truly, this video is tragically funny. Search #mamaenojada and build your class action suit against all Latina moms for traumatizing us all.

If you really want to test your mom’s patience, tell her “qué” instead of “mande.”

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“We don’t say ‘what’ here.” Then she’ll have a complete meltdown about how she didn’t raise you right and what did she do so wrong to have a pendejo por un hijo.

When you post a messy room pic on IG.

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Expect your mom’s wrath. She’s got a reputation to uphold, even on Instagram.

When you f*ck up in the eyes of your Latina mom, you can always make it up to her by helping in the kitchen.

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Unless you burn the rice. Then you better start running.

Neighbors Formed A Human Chain To Prevent This Man From Getting Deported And It’s The Most Beautiful Act Of Humanity I’ve Seen

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Neighbors Formed A Human Chain To Prevent This Man From Getting Deported And It’s The Most Beautiful Act Of Humanity I’ve Seen

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Although the planned Trump ICE raids didn’t happen on the scale that many were expecting, there are still many heartbreaking stories of people being rounded up, arrested, detained, and even deported. However, in some cases entire communities have come together to fight back against ICE and to protect people from illegal arrests.

Case in point: this story out of Tennessee in which vecinos, advocates, and legal activists came together to protect a father and his son from an illegal ICE raid.

A group of vecinos created a literal human chain to protect their neighbor from ICE agents.

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Hermitage, Tennessee community members rushed to a neighbor’s home to protect him and his son from Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents early Monday morning, at one point forming a human chain around the van where the family had been stuck so they could safely exit into their home.

It started early Monday morning when ICE officers followed a man’s van and tried to pull it over. After the van’s driver pulled into the driveway of a house, the officers blocked him in. The man remained inside the vehicle and alerted local advocates and neighbors, the affiliates said.

ICE had come to arrest a man but the neighbors formed a chain to allow him to get into his home and then helped him drive away.

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A crowd gathered, with witnesses recording the tense scene on their cell phones and bringing supplies to the parked vehicle. Neighbors brought gasoline to keep the van running and food and water for the man and his 12-year-old son, who were holed up inside. “While there were immigrant advocate community members present, it was clear that a major thrust of the citizen response was being driven by the immediate neighbors of the man and child in the van. … It was striking to watch neighbors deliver food, water, and gasoline to help their neighbor stay in his car,” Nashville City Council Bob Mendes said in a statement describing what he watched unfold

ICE officers eventually decided to leave “to de-escalate the situation,” ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told CNN. Coxsaid he wouldn’t say “who the agency’s target or targets may have been so as to not compromise a potential future operation that would seek to arrest the individual at a different time and place.”

People were full of emotion once the story broke.

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With all the bad news in the world, many people have pretty much lost faith in ever hearing anything good again. So when the story of a group of people coming together to protect a man and his son from an ICE arrest broke, many were overwhelmed. It showed to many that even in the unlikeliest of places good people doing good things do still exist.

Like seriously, we dare you to watch this video and not at least get goosebumps.

When they form the chain so the man and his son can get to their car…omg it’s so powerful to watch a community spring into action.

Some took to Twitter to call for more of this community action.

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Many advocacy organizations used this story as an example of community-driven efforts to fight back against Trump’s racist immigration policies. Actions like this one protected a family from an illegal arrest. The agent’s warrant wasn’t legally sufficient to arrest the man and had it not been for the quick action of the community, ICE would of gotten away with it.

Deanna From “Queer Eye” Was Harassed By Neighbors Who Told Her “The Mexicans Are Building Their Own Wall” But The Fab Five Helped Her Overcome Giving Us Another Reason To Love Them

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Deanna From “Queer Eye” Was Harassed By Neighbors Who Told Her “The Mexicans Are Building Their Own Wall” But The Fab Five Helped Her Overcome Giving Us Another Reason To Love Them

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Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye, featuring the Fab Five, has become a staple of America’s collective therapy. In the days since the fourth season has dropped, we’re all feeling more in touch with our feelings, but never have we been so attacked as when we met Chicana Deanna Muñoz. 

Deanna is a proud second generation Mexican-American who struggles with being “stuck” between two cultures. She doesn’t speak Spanish and can’t cook, making her feel like she’s “not Mexican enough”, and racism felt by her white neighbors makes her feel like she’s “not white enough.” Needless to say, that experience is so relatable for most of us second-generation Latino-Americans.

Meet Deanna Muñoz in all her J.Lo glory.

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In fact, we call it brujería. Deanna had her first child when she was just 16 years old, and had to drop out of school. As her daughter started pouring her heart into creative writing, she wanted to find her a tutor. With none to be found, she founded the Latino Arts Festival non-profit foundation, to showcase and cultivate Latino culture in Kansas City.

We’re giving Queer Eye a 10/10 for shining a light on cultural Imposter Syndrome within the Latinx community.

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Why did Queer Eye do such a good job of this? They created space for Deanna, an actual Chicana, to share her experience to America. So many of us have faced the surprise of both Latinos and non-Latinos alike when we answer that “what are you?” question. In a place like the U.S., where we often come from mixed-culture families, seeing the emotional effects played out on screen is validating AF.

Karamo Brown took Deanna door to door to find neighbors that can counter the racism she experienced by other vecinos.

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Deanna’s family had to build a mini wall to reinforce water drainage on their yard, and a neighbor texted her husband saying, “The Mexicans are building their own wall.” 😡

Deanna’s family immediately felt uncomfortable in their own neighborhood. Our favorite Cubano, Karamo, made sure that Deanna went where the love is–and had her create her own welcome to the ‘hood.

And sons and daughters of immigrant parents everywhere sobbed to see the sacrifice.

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Deanna’s parents immigrated to the U.S. to give Deanna a better life. So many of our parents or abuelos left their culture and language behind to give their children a new start in life. Seeing Deanna get that is what it’s all about. #NoWall

Meanwhile, Bobbi created a safe space for Latino artists in Kansas City by gifting Deanna an office space.

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Deanna was working out of a tiny space in her home, with the third annual Latino Arts Festival upon her. Bobbi was able to create a studio space for Latinx artists, and made sure that Latinx artists influenced the design of the space. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

There was also this Latino lesson: never reject abuela’s food. She’ll bring it to you anyway.

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Twitter user Pamela Gocobachi shared, that “one of my fave moments from the new #QueerEye season was in  Deanna’s episode when @antoni learned the hard way that you never say no when abuelita asks you if you want to eat something– Martha’s face when he said “later”? Antoni’s face when she brought him food anyway? I DIED”

If you don’t speak Spanish but could relate to Deanna’s struggle to ask for help or take up any space at all, you inherited that from Latino culture.

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Not one of us would question Deanna’s Latinidad, but we internalize so much shame for not living like we grew up in a Latin American country. Language and food are just two ways to define culture. 

Deanna relatably felt intimidated to be in the kitchen with the viejas.. Deanna felt like her Latin style was seen as “childish” in her board meetings and had trouble being taken seriously. These are the Latino-American experiences we have all experienced and they make us Latino.

If you’re feeling inspired, be like Chloe, and donate to the Latino Arts Foundation!

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It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak Spanish and couldn’t roast a poblano for your life–your Latinidad is bigger than that. It’s everything that gives us the birthright to claim that identity, especially in a foreign land. Whether your culture looks like the art of cafecito or appreciating Bad Bunny even though you don’t understand every word he’s saying, somos Latino.

What we do to celebrate that is what we pass on to the next generation. Donate to the Latino Arts Foundation hoy.

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