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Open Letter From The League Of Pochos, Gringazos, Y Niños Americanizados

Growing up Latino/a in the U.S. can be… complicated. Our collective identity tends to confuse a lot of people, both here in the U.S. and in our families’ many countries of origin. Because of that, it’s about time we offered a little insight into what it’s like being us:

Dear everyone,

We have some points that need to be addressed!

First, for our fellow U.S. Americans:

Hi. We’re here.

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Some of us, the first- and second-generation kids, are a little newer. And some of us have been here, our great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents having lived on this very same little piece of the world we stand in now.

We can’t “go back to” anywhere. This is home. Forget keeping up with the Joneses. Now you better keep up with the Garcías.

We don’t exist on the margins of American culture, offering a few holidays here and there. We are America. We are mainstream. This culture is our culture. We made it, we built this. (You’re welcome.) And we share in it, participate in it, and consume it every day.

We’re not a category. We’re it.

And, for those across Latin America:

We’re proud of our roots. It connects us to the generations that came before us, the traditions and customs that help form our worldview today. We have the space and distance of fighting for our roots and questioning the values that no longer resonate.

So call us pochos. Tell us we’re “gringafied,” or too americanizados.

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We’ll wear it with pride, because living in at least two worlds at any given moment is hard, but we manage it with grace and humor and dignity.

Between “English ONLY” and “ah, ah, en español, we continually find ways to express ourselves and speak our minds.

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Sometimes, sure, it gets tough. Sometimes, true, we might fall into the trap of feeling like we don’t fully belong in either place. Sometimes it feels like a constant, unwinnable battle, trying to be everything to everyone.

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And, finally, to one another:

We’ve got this. Keep going.

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Sincerely,

The League Of Pochos, Gringazos, Y Niños Americanizados


READ: Even Some Latinos Seem To Misunderstand These Facts About Ourselves

Have you ever gone through this? Let’s talk about it. How do you deal?

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Locals Kicked This Gringo Out Of Tepito After He Denounced Santa Muerte And Told Them Jesus Is Their Savior

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Locals Kicked This Gringo Out Of Tepito After He Denounced Santa Muerte And Told Them Jesus Is Their Savior

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Mexico City’s Tepito neighborhood – also known as Barrio Bravío – is one of the city’s most infamous. It’s so often used as the backdrop for TV shows and movies, depicting it as a lawless zone run by drug cartels. However, in reality, the neighborhood is much different than what’s typically depicted on TV.

It’s a neighborhood that’s home to a working class, close-knit community who have each other’s backs in times of crises and a community that’s strong as nails. So often Tepito is forced to support itself and police itself with little help from federal or local governments.

Despite it’s infamous reputation, a white missionary, from the United States, thought it would be a good idea to visit the neighborhood and preach about Jesus Christ while denouncing the community’s own beliefs.

A gringo missionary ventured into Tepito to preach about Jesus Christ in place of Santa Muerte.

A video which quickly went viral over the weekend, shows a gringo preacher (joined by a translator) walking through the streets of Mexico City’s Tepito neighborhood, carrying a headset microphone and bullhorn.

“I bless you in the name of Jesus Christ. We are here to tell you that we love and care about you. But we also come to tell you that Jesus Christ is the light that shines in all dark places,” he shouts at residents.

The leader of the Torch of Christ Ministries Christian Association, Philip Blair, went to “evangelize” the Tepiteños, asking them to stop worshiping Santa Muerte and turn to Jesus Christ.

With slogans like “Repent, Tepito, repent of your sins,” the gringo preacher wanted to “evangelize” the locals but the preaching mission didn’t go as planned. As the gringo attacked their beliefs and customs, the locals began to form a group and asked him to respect their beliefs and to leave Tepito.

In the now-viral video, you can see locals getting annoyed by this gringo denouncing their local beliefs and Santa Muerte.

Of course, as it’s to be expected when an outsider comes to invade a community to denounce their beliefs and culture, the locals became upset and asked the missionary to leave.

Doña Queta, who founded the altar of Santa Muerte in Tepito in 2001, interrupted the preacher’s speech and proceeded to throw him out of the neighborhood.

“Manito, excuse me, not here, don’t do that here […] teach yourself to respect others…,” Doña Queta told the gringo – among many other things that aren’t quite suitable for print.

Joined by a crowd of other residents, Doña Queta was able to push out the gringo for disrespecting local beliefs and customs.

And as Mexico so often does, Twitter erupted with memes.

For many, the news wasn’t at all surprising. As The U.S.’ southerly neighbor, the country has become some what used to gringos coming into the country to push their beliefs and customs – with zero respect for locals.

In one meme (above), there’s a hypothetical conversation taking place between the gringo missionary and Jesus himself:

  • Gringo: “Dear lord, I am going to preach your words.”
  • Jesus: “To where, my dear son?”
  • Gringo: “Tepito.”
  • Jesus: In the photo, you can see Jesus’ response.

Many pointed out just how lucky the man was, ósea that something worse didn’t happen.

In a neighborhood that is known for protecting itself from outsiders, what surprised many the most was the violence-free way in which the gringo was asked to leave.

Many thought the gringo had a death wish for venturing into an area known for its insecurity, but what happened was the exact opposite. The residents of Tepito demanded the gringo respect their beliefs or gtfo – which seems like a completely appropriate response if you ask me.

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Sofia Vergara Finally Breaks Silence About When Ellen DeGeneres Disrespected Her Accent

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Sofia Vergara Finally Breaks Silence About When Ellen DeGeneres Disrespected Her Accent

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Updated August 24, 2020.

Given the recent string of allegations against Ellen DeGeneres, many of her fans are taking inventory of her jokes and viewing them in a new light. Weighing and measuring the jokes DeGeneres has made in the past, fans are finding the comedian guilty of mean-spiritedness. Particularly when it comes to her treatment of her frequent show guest Sofia Vergara over the years.

Over the last decade, DeGeneres has had time to host Vergara on her talk show various times. Whether Vergara was herself or when she was sitting alongside the rest of the cast of her old show “Modern Family.” And despite the very many things DeGeneres could have talked to or celebrated Vergara for while hosting her, the Colombian actress was often subject to some of the worst jokes by DeGeneres.

All because of her thick accent.

Recently fans compiled clips of DeGeneres’s interviews with Vergara and it’s pretty not great.

In clips circulating on Twitter, DeGeneres can be seen jeering Vergara for her accent. During one interview, DeGeneres remarks hat Vergara’s “English has gotten worse, not better,” over the course of her time on “Modern Family.” Users on Twitter were quick to point out that DeGeneres often made jokes about Vergara’s English and often tried to make games out of her English-speaking abilities. In several incidents during the interviews, it seems pretty evident that Vergara might have been hurt by DeGeneres’ jokes.

Recently, Vergara addressed claims that DeGeneres was being racist towards her.

In response to allegations that DeGeneres was being racist, Vergara commented “Two comedians having fun with each other to entertain,” in a tweet going on to say “I was never a victim guys, I was always in on the joke.”

In response to Vergara’s message fans have pointed out that whether done with the intention of being racist towards Vergara specifically, DeGeneres’ jokes at the time were still hurtful to others.

“My parents, who have heavy spanish accents, didn’t have the option to be in on the joke.’ Instead, they were the butt of jokes,” one user wrote. “And as a child of immigrants, I was always picked on because of that. Your ‘entertainment’ may lead to some to think they have a free pass to ridicule.”

“Me too, my poor mom took classes to try to reduce her accent despite being perfectly understandable. The discrimination was even worse in the 80s but Ellen keeps it alive,” another Twitter user commented. “It’s the lowest form of humor, the put down towards the other person. It’s non funny peoples humor.”

DeGeneres has yet to comment on the clips that have resurfaced.

But they’re pretty damning.

Tons of people are commenting on the clips being shared of the actresses time together.

And it’s pretty heartbreaking how hurtful DeGeneres’ comments are.

And of course, you might remember this terrible offense.

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