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13 Things That Inevitably Happen When You’re The Only Latino At The Office

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Chances are, you’ve been the only Latino in a given place. And it can be… kind of a struggle.

Here’s why:

You’re expected to represent EVERY Latino ever.

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“Would Latinos be offended by this marketing plan?” “What do Hispanics think about Pitbull?” “Is it true that you guys loooove Morrissey? Talk to the branded department about it.” Bro, I don’t know. There’s like, more than two of us out here in the world.

…Which means people you work with might feel free asking you questions that are way too personal.

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“Who are you voting for?” “Do you just date other Latinos?” “What are your thoughts on machismo?” GO AWAY.

You worry that people only see you as “The Latino,” when it’s just one facet of who you are.

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We contain multitudes, just like anyone else.

You’ve been called by the wrong name.

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Note to everyone: “José” and “Jorge” are not interchangeable names.

Or just had your name butchered entirely.

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Pray for every Xochitl out there.

Cinco de Mayo becomes your own personal hell.

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People will drink half a margarita and wish the one Salvi at work a “happy Cinco de Mayo.”

…And Halloween can become an actual nightmare.

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Nothing says “I’m uncreative” like slapping on a fake mustache at the office Halloween party.

People treat you like an English/Spanish dictionary.

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“Translating a stranger’s Tinder profile” wasn’t on your resume.

You’re viewed as “diverse.”

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Too often, people think that having just one POC at the office means a place is “diverse.”

People make a lot of assumptions about you.

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“No, but where are you REALLY from?” is not a question you really want to explain at the office happy hour, or anywhere else.

…And, yeah, some of these assumptions can get pretty racist.

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True story: Like the scene from Cristela you see above, I know a young woman who was also mistaken for the building’s cleaning woman by a stranger visiting her office. Why assume that stuff, you know?

And when people make jokes about Latinos, you’re at a loss for how to react.

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Pick one: A. Laugh awkwardly. B. Call out the microaggression. C. Run out of the meeting, right now, at full speed.

Sometimes, people don’t even know what to call you.

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Sigh. Nationalities aren’t bad words, people!

So good luck out there, fam. We know it can be rough.

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READ: Your Office Might be Boring, Unless there are Some Latinos, Here’s Why

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9 Latino-Inspired Products That Are Good, Bad And Weird

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9 Latino-Inspired Products That Are Good, Bad And Weird

If you need any proof that Latinos are influencing American culture more and more, just walk through a major supermarket. Decades ago, you could barely find any traditional Latino products. Now, not only is there usually a Latino product section in the store, some of the most mainstream brands around create products with Latino-influenced flavors, like these:

Limón Pepino Gatorade

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If you’re Mexican, you probably grew up drinking agua de pepino with limón. If you were somehow deprived of that agua fresca goodness, you DEFINITELY had a taste of sliced cucumbers with salt, chile y limón. Well, someone at Gatorade found out about this magical combination and created their “Lime Cucumber / Pepino Limón” flavor. It became so popular that a bunch of pepino fiends created a Facebook fan page for it. Maxim even wrote an entire piece about it titled “The Cult of Limon Pepino Gatorade.”

Doritos Dinamita

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Doritos thought they had the tortilla chip game on lock until Takis came along and left your fingers bright red. Doritos took notice and retaliated with the “Dinamita” line, which features those familiar rolled-up tortilla chips with flavors such as Chile Limón, Fiery Habanero, Mojo Criollo and Nacho Picoso.

Dulce de Leche Cheerios

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Ummm, yes, totally into this. As if Cheerios weren’t already delicious and snack-worthy on their own, that sweet, Argentinian-inspired dulce de leche flavor makes this sound irresistible.

Ruffles Tapatío Chips

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Latinos have been adding Tapatío and limón to Ruffles (and pretty much any other chip) for decades. In 2011, the folks at Lay’s finally caught on and created Tapatío and limón flavored Ruffles and Doritos. Guess what? That doesn’t stop people from adding even more Tapatío and limón to their Tapatío-flavored chips.

Mini Cinnamon Churros Cereal

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When you get the craving for the cinnamon goodness of fried dough, nothing can hold you back from a churro. Especially when you can find ’em for cheap at a local neighborhood spot. Now there’s a cereal version?! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! BRB, gotta go clean up my drool.

Lay’s Pico de Gallo Chips

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This one is a little weird because you’re probably used to eating pico de gallo with tortilla chips. Someone at Lay’s said “F*ck it, let’s try it on potato chips” and, apparently, people love it.

Rockstar Horchata Energy Drink

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Who asked for an horchata-flavored energy drink? Not you and not us, but someone made it anyway. It’s anyone guess what this tastes like, but it definitely wouldn’t exist without Mexicans.

Bud Light Lime

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Once again, Mexicans have been drinking beer with lime and salt for DECADES. After years of watching Americans add limes to their Coronas, Bud Light began channeling its own inner-Corona with this lime flavored beer.

Chipotle Wheat Thins

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At some point in the 2000s, Americans “discovered” chipotle and soon, chipotle-flavored everything became available at your local supermarket. There’s chipotle mayo, chipotle cream cheese, chipotle peanuts, etc. Well, the folks at Nabisco decided to throw a little chipotle on their Wheat Thins to “spice” things up.

Kern’s Agua Fresca In Tamarindo, Jamaica & Limón

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Kern’s, which makes all sorts of delicious and refreshing juices, was purchased by Mexican company Jumex in 2013. That probably explains their Aguas Frescas line, which boasts three different flavors.

READ: Only a Mexican Stomach Can Survive These Snacks

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