What It’s Like Attending A Black College As A Latina

Florida A&M University is one of the largest Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in the nation. I grew up in a predominantly Latino area where universities weren’t really spoken much about, much less HBCUs. Many of my friends are black, so when I went to visit FAMU, I felt right at home. I decided to attend an HBCU because tuition is relatively less expensive, and I got a full-ride my first year. However, it wasn’t until I started FAMU that I encountered culture shock. Being Latina at an HBCU has helped me grow into the person I am today… a proud Afro-Latina. I was able to connect my roots and discover who I truly am. I gained amazing opportunities that will have a lifelong impact.

1. You repeatedly have to explain to your parents what an HBCU is.

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Your parents may not really understand exactly what an HBCU is except for the fact that majority of the students and faculty are African-American and black. HBCUs were created at a time when segregation was legal. They were created for African-American and black students who weren’t allowed to go to traditional colleges and universities and were open for every other potential student, as well. These days, HBCUs have a culturally diverse student population because of their distinct educational opportunities, like small classes, close partnerships with companies, relatively inexpensive tuition, special scholarships for minorities and high-achieving scholars, and a family-like environment.

2. Once you’re on campus, people either want to know if your hair is real…

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“What texture of weave is that?” Um, real? But don’t be offended! It can be taken as a compliment. Hey, sometimes even you’ll be influenced to put weave in your hair. It’s fun!

3. Or ask if you do hair because you’re Dominican. 1

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For some reason, black people love to have Dominicans press their hair. It’s in high demand and if you know how to do this, you can definitely make a living off of doing hair.

4. Because you’re Latina, some assume you attract a lot of people.

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Yes, as a one of the few Latinas on campus, people will look at you because you stand out, but everyone’s totally wrong for expecting you to look like all the Latina actresses they’ve seen on TV. Not everyone has the J.Lo booty or Sofia Vergara accent.

5. Of course, you’re expected to throw it down in the kitchen.

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Be careful when telling someone you can cook because they definitely don’t mean Ramen noodles. They’re talking about mofongo, sancocho, arepas, enchiladas, etc., because these dishes aren’t easy to find nearby. If you don’t really know how to cook, it’s best to keep mum.

6. Spanish class? Easy A… so they assume.

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Just because you’re Latino doesn’t mean you’re an expert in Spanish. There are many different types of Spanish like Mexican Spanish, Peninsular Spanish from Spain, Rioplatense Spanish from Argentina, etc., so good luck landing a class that teaches the type of Spanish you grew up with. On top of that, you know most of us didn’t grow up learning grammar and conjugation rules.

7. And everyone will ask you to teach them… curse words.

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You can get asked that anywhere, but it’s so common at HBCUs. It’s almost the first thing people ask you once they discover you’re Latino.

8. You dive deep into the true history of Africa and how Afro-Latinos came to be.

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Because you’re at an HBCU, African-American History is often a prerequisite. You learn about the true contributions of African-Americans and blacks in America. These courses open your eyes and mind to information that wasn’t exactly taught in elementary. For example, you were probably taught that African-American history starts with slavery. At an HBCU, we learn about the contributions of Marcus Garvey, Christopher Columbus’ encounter with the natives, and more. In fact, many Latinos discover that they’re Afro-Latino.

9. And you get special opportunities to spread awareness about your culture.

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People are curious to learn about your background, and it’s pretty fun to educate people on your culture. There’s usually an organization catering to Latinos, if there isn’t one you can start one like I did. If you’re bilingual, you might be at an advantage for job and internship opportunities.

10. You connect with non-Latinos on many different levels, like discovering you are both totally obsessed with reggaeton.

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Reggaeton and reggae go hand in hand. Both genres borrow music elements from each other. So when the beat drops and both of you get up to dance, it’s an instant ‘wepa!’ moment. Tra, tra, tra.

11. And you realize how similar your cultures can be at times, like when you realize the band sometimes sounds like Perico Ripiao.

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You can hear the band practice from a distance and at times — it really sounds like a good Perico Ripiao. The fast sounds of the bands drums and cymbals make your ears perk up and wonder if your ‘pana’ from around the way is jamming from a distance. Perico Ripiao is a type of Merengue originally from Dominican Republic. Merengue is fused with elements of African music. You can hear the musical connection between the band and Perico Ripiao in the rhythm of the drums particularly. The fast sounds of the drums just makes you want to grab a partner and dance! Wepa!

12. Every time “Suavemente” by Elvis Crespo gets played, everyone turns to you to dance, and you’re like YAAAASSS!

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But then it’s like…

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C’mon pick something else. By the time it’s your Senior year, you’re tired of the song because it’s one of the only Spanish songs that gets played!

13. When you get together with your girlfriends you switch between saying ‘mija’ or ‘chiiiiile.’

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And it almost always happens when you are bochichando.

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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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