8 Racist Habits Latinos Seriously Need To Drop

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While Latinx actively criticize Trump and his followers for being dumb racists, we seem to be a lot more forgiving with the constant racism we hold among ourselves. These are some clear examples of racismo in our own communities:

1. Referring to pajones as “pelo malo.”

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This description goes way beyond a simple aesthetic preference across Latin American and among Latinx in the U.S. to a bigger rejection of anything of African ancestry.

2. Calling people “morenos” or “negritos” instead of by their names.


As the recent controversy around the term “moreno” showed, people would do well to think about the implication of skin color-based nicknames and what they signify. Too much of the time, it reflects a tendency to see white or light-skinned people as neutral as black or dark-skinned people as “other.”

3. Actively denying racism.


Saying things like, “I am not a racist but… I wouldn’t want my daughter to date a negro” does, in fact, mean you need to acknowledge your racism.

4. Adhering to the concept of “mejorando la raza.”


For those unfamiliar, this is the idea that marrying into a white/ light skin family will produce lighter babies, which will “improve” the race overall. Not only does the concept misunderstand the fact that Latinx isn’t a race, it also places a higher value on lighter skin.

5. Wiping out Afro-Latinos from history.


There are definitely Latinx who will will deny that blacks were ever part of their current population or Latin American history. All it takes is some a few minutes of research to show how integral black Latinx were and are integral to this ethnicity.

6. Using black as an insult.


Steve Harvey’s Miss Universe oopsie granted him a storm of insulting tweets from angry Latinx, and far too many of them reference his blackness.

7. Valuing a white standard of beauty above all others.


We all agree Jennifer López, Sofía Vergara, Shakira and Selena Gomez are beautiful women. They also represent a very stereotypical idea of what a beautiful Latina is suppose to look like.

8. Using comments like “but you don’t look Latinx…”


Why is it so hard for people to understand that this ethnicity can encompass ANY race?


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Tell us what you think: What can Latinx do to combat racism among ourselves? 

A Latino Police Officer Risked His Life To Save A Suicidal Man

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A Latino Police Officer Risked His Life To Save A Suicidal Man

This police officer became a hero in a matter of seconds.

New Jersey Transit Police Officer Victor Ortiz is being called a hero after he risked his own life to save a man in distress. According to CBS New York, Officer Ortiz was at the train stop in Secaucus, N.J. when he witnessed a man exit the train and jump down from the platform onto the tracks. In a split second, Ortiz had to decide whether to leave the man on the tracks or try to drag him to safety. Once Ortiz reached the unidentified man, Ortiz realized the man was trying to commit suicide.

“At that point he’s like, ‘I just want to die, I just want to die,’” Ortiz told CBS New York. “He pretty much went down on his knees and down on his arms. At that point I said, ‘You’re not going to die, you’re not going to die.’”

Here is the moment of Officer Ortiz’s final attempt to rescue the suicidal man.

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CREDIT: Credit: New Jersey 101.5 / YouTube

“NJ Transit could not be more proud of Victor Ortiz and of the New Jersey Transit Police Department and we hope this serves as a stark reminder of what these men and women do every single day to keep us safe throughout this state,” NJ Transit said in a statement according to NY Daily News.

Way to go, Officer Ortiz!

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CREDIT: Credit: Empire FOX / Giphy

You are a true hero, sir.

READ: This Miami Police Officer Is Finally Getting A Medal Of Valor For His Badass Moment

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