These Graduation Posts With Latinas And Their Dads Are The Sweetest Thing On The Internet Right Now

College graduation is as much an individual effort as it is a collective one. Particularly in Latino families, the endless study sessions, the stress over fees and the joys of success are a communally experienced path. Added to that, many Latino families see university education as a way of establishing roots in the United States, contributing to the economy and sharing a piece of the American Dream, which is still alive despite recent shake-ups of who we are as a nation.

We are proud of all Latino graduates, but particularly of women who have worn the graduation regalia. Society at large but traditional Latino communities in particular sometimes still hold archaic ideas of what las mujeres should and shouldn’t do. Believe us, raising a family is a vocation but so is having a professional career. Latino women are so chingonas that they can often do both. But as they say, la educación comienza en casa, and father figures can be especially crucial for young Latinas. From many, it is their papitos who make them feel safe and empowered, and who shape their early ideas about gender roles.

We have found a selection of photos that show proud Latina graduates with their dads. These moments are full of heightened emotions: pride and nostalgia, a sense of achievement for all involved, un rayito de esperanza para el futuro. Try not to cry too much! Some of these photos capture a unique hija-papá moment, and others feature the whole family…. posoye!

This first dad/daughter dance after graduation

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This very smiley and proud Latina graduate finds strength in her cultural roots. She is wearing a Mexican stole and has us hypnotized with her Selena-like red lipstick. That smile says it all. But it is the caballero del bigote who told her that la fortaleza is found in your culture. This family has made it en el otro lado by remaining true to themselves.

This dad that migrated so his mijita could walk on the podium

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Quiere llorar, quiere llorar! This dad is holding back his tears of joy and mucho pinche orgullo as his daughter holds him, The mom just couldn’t hold her tears back and we don’t blame her: immigrant parents see graduations as a culmination of a multitude of efforts, de malas rachas and a process of cultural adaptation that is never easy, nunca de los nuncas. We are sure that this couple looked each other in the eye at the end of the day and whispered: “Todo valio la pena… it was all worth it”.

La familia es un equipo! GO TEAM!

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This young lady is grateful, and that is a quality that we hope she keeps all throughout her life. Rather than seeing a sus viejos as an obstacle for being herself and tracing her own path, she sees them as the gravitational force that grounds her to the ground. These three are very lucky to have each other. And just look at the big smile on daddy’s face: we are sure he will show photos of the graduation to todos sus compadres. There is always an excuse to take out your phone and presumir a su princesita.

We just can’t get over this daddy’s pure expression of joy 

Credit: Instagram. @tapia.stephanie

Stephanie Tapia has one cool dad. Un panzoncito encantador, as an abue would say. Just look at that big mouth, open in delight, crowned by the cute bigotito that many Mexican-American dads have.

But there is a story of struggle behind that big smile… read this and we will hand you un clinex

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Yes, Stephanie’s dad knew that she would have to walk the extra mile as a woman and as a daughter of migrants. He might have been estricto when Stephanie was growing up, but it was all for a good reason. In the end, his toughness made her the woman she is now. Good on them!

La princesita forever

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We know that parents will always see us as their bebecitos chiquitos. This dad is so cute: leaning over to kiss his daughters head, just as he did not so long ago when she was still in the crib. Ay, la vida pasa acelerada. We hope this family framed such a gorgeous moment and that it is hanging over the mantelpiece.

Stephanie Vega has one amazing papi

Credit: Instagram. @latinxs_with_a_degree

At first sight, this is a normal, everyday photo of a young Latina graduate with her dad and brother. But if you read the caption…

A single dad who has given it all for his mijitos

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It must not be easy at all being a single dad, and even more so if you belong to a minority. Stephanie now holds a Masters degree in Education and we are sure she will work hard so new generations of Latinas achieve what she has accomplished. Arriba y padelante!

This young Nicaraguan who no se anda con rodeos

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With the ovaries where they should be… what an amazing feminist iteration of con los huevos bien puestos (we are sure you get it!). She dedicated her degree to her parents and we are certain that papito cried.

This young lady who went all out in her effort to say thanks.

Credit: Instagram. @latinxs_with_a_degree

Me puse las pilas translates into something like “I know I slacked a bit, but I rectified my path when I needed to”. This dad’s closed eyes speak volumes: he is living a dream, and her daughter’s academic accomplishment is a parental logro for himself.

This graduate and her dad returning to the fields he worked endless hours in

Credit: Instagram. @latinxs_with_a_degree

This San Diego native and her farmer dad give us a moment that really needs no description. Se vale llorar.

La lucha sigue! But let’s celebrate for now

Credit: Instagram. @latinxs_with_a_degree

Ruby Ponce and her dad share a unique ritual: he places the cap on his mijitas head and looks proudly at her. We can see years of hard work on his thin hands, and sleepless nights in las entradas sobre su cabeza. Vale la pena. 

Por un mundo sin fronteras… for a borderless world

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This is a story that is echoed in many migrant families. Parents arrive with nothing, crossing the border on precarious conditions so future generations don’t have to suffer as much hardship as them. Migrant parents are about the most generous people there can be: they often know that their lives will be defined by struggle and long hours, but they also know that efforts can lead to amazing family accomplishments. Graduation is just the first step.

And finally, this young Latina that knows that formal education can only teach you so much… lo mejor se aprende en casa

Credit: Instagram. @adventureswithmayra

Mayra knows that you can’t learn everything in the classroom and that dad can teach invaluable lessons such as saving your money for things that are worth it! Also, we love the SI SE PUDO message that this amazing migrant dad is wearing on her daughter’s stole. Que padre tan padre.

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Missouri Woman Seen Holding Pelosi Sign Faces First Judge In Series Of Court Dates For Federal Charges

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Update January 21, 2021

A Missouri woman named Emily Hernandez had a court hearing in St. Louis after her involvement in the Capitol riots. Hernandez, 21, is facing several federal charges after participating in the deadly Capitol riot.

Emily Hernandez is facing the music after storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

According to KSDK, Hernandez, who is from Sullivan, Missouri, has been released without bond after her first hearing in St. Louis. She has been ordered to stay in the Eastern District of Missouri until her next court date in Washington. Part of the terms of her release is that she is not allowed to travel to Washington other than for her court date.

During the hearing, she was recorded saying, “I’m sorry, I’m nervous.”

Hernandez is facing the following federal charges: knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct which impedes the conduct of government business, steal, sell, convey or dispose of anything of value in the United States, disruptive conduct in the Capitol buildings, parading, demonstrating or picketing in the Capitol buildings.

Original: After a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Jan. 6, people immediately started identifying the intruders. Videos have been circulating and people are steadily contacting the FBI to expose them. Instagram page @homegrownterrorists is one of the leading forces in identifying the rioters.

On Jan. 6, people stormed our Capitol building and the American people are demanding justice.

Images of people storming the Capitol building and looting the offices of members of Congress startled people around the world. One of the safest places in the world was overrun by far-right Trump supporters attacking the democratic process. Americans are demanding justice and working together to identify and report as many people to the FBI that were at the Capitol.

The Instagram page is unapologetically encouraging followers to identify people at the Capitol.

Five people died as a result of the riot, two of them were police officers. The Instagram page, run anonymously, is encouraging people to share the photos to their stories to increase the reach. The account might not have any legal power, but it is having some success. There has been more than one person identified through the IG page that has led to people losing jobs and being arrested by the FBI.

The account has disappeared multiple times but always comes back.

The mystery person running the account has expressed concern over their safety. The account has been suspended by Instagram after being reported by multiple people. There has even been some talk about them receiving threats of violence via DMs.

The person who runs the account has mentioned it randomly on their stories but with no real detail. According to recent stories, the person behind the account doesn’t want to antagonize the people sending threats.

The owner of the account did say that they have been contacted by Instagram about the account.

A tweet from HomeGrownTerrorists caught Instagram’s attention and the account was reinstated. However, there was a backup account to keep functioning in case the original got deleted. IG and the account owner reached an agreement where they get to keep the main account and the backup account was permanently banned. No questions asked.

If you want to help or be connected to the cause, you can follow this page on Instagram.

There are a lot of people left to identify and the nation’s law enforcement is bracing for more violence. Capitols in all 50 states are on alert for possible attacks and the National Guard is being mobilized in big numbers for the inauguration. We are not out of the woods when it comes to the threats that have been made.

READ: After Last Week’s Riots, A Black Woman Has Been Appointed to U.S. Capitol Police Chief

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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