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9 Things You Should Never Say To Latinos Who Simply Aren’t Religious

Above Papi’s punishments and Mom’s mal genio, there was always the fear of God. The deal was pretty simple: If you behaved well, you’d wind up in heaven. If you misbehaved, you’d burn in hell.

Pero what happened to those who grew up in a Latino household and didn’t believe in any particular religion? They’d most likely hear some of these comments:

<Abuelita voice> “Vas a arder en el infierno.”

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If you sin, you can always buy yourself back into God’s good grace if you confess. But, as far as abuela is concerned, there is no saving your soul if you deny Dios’ mere existence altogether.

“You’re not part of this family.”

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I mean you still are, sort of, but it feels like EVERYONE from abuelo to los primos is looking down on you for not saying grace before dinner.

“Te envidio.”

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Even though los primos have to pretend to be as into religion as abuelita and las tías, they secretly envy the fact that you never again have to wake up early on Sundays to attend mass.

“You’re a disgrace.”

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Mami avoids the topic altogether with her amigas, but she still reminds you how much shame you put in the family every chance she gets. It’s not a good feeling, to say the least.

“¿Cómo que no estás bautizada?”

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Luckily, second generation atheists can blame the whole thing on their parents. #ProTip

“How are you ever going to get married?”

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It’s exhausting trying to get people to wrap their minds around the concept of non-religious weddings. (Do they even know the religious ceremony does not constitute a legal binding marriage? #Facts)

“If you don’t believe in God, ¿en qué crees?”

ENQUE CREES

Hmm, more tangible things, like, you know… dogs, cats and those sort of things. Pizza?

“Aren’t you afraid God’s going to punish you?”

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As much as I fear my childhood imaginary friend is mad at me for ditching him for real amigos… What part of “I don’t believe in that” do people not understand?

“It’s just a rebellious phase; you’ll grow out of it.”

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Are you growing out of your beliefs any time soon? No, right? Same deal for us.


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

Are you an atheist or agnostic Latino? How has your family dealt with it?

9 Stereotypes About Cubans We Need To Address

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9 Stereotypes About Cubans We Need To Address

There are, to date, several million Cubans living all around the world. Not a huge number, sure, but we’ve seemed to make quite an impact on people’s collective imagination, often in the form of stereotypes. Let’s discuss some now and set a few things straight:

1. We’re constantly smoking cigars.

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Credit: Universal Pictures

I mean, are Cuban cigars the finest in the world? Yes. Would we, hypothetically, look more powerful and sexier smoking a cigar than anyone else? Of course. But that doesn’t mean we’re constantly puffing away!

2. We all came to the U.S. on a boat/raft.

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Balseros exist, of course, and a desperate situation means desperate attempts to leave the island, but the VAST MAJORITY of us left on airplanes. Sorry.

3. We constantly wear guayaberas.

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Not always. But when we do, we tend to look fly as hell.

4. We all live in Miami.

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We’re everywhere, man. Tampa, Los Angeles and Elizabeth, New Jersey, in particular, happen to have thriving Cuban communities.

5. We’re all the same race.

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We’re black, we’re white, we’re Taíno, we’re of Chinese descent, and we’re a perfect melding of all the above.

6. We’re all conservative/Republican.

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Untrue! While there are indeed many right-leaning Cubans, younger generations in particular have been shifting towards the Democratic Party.

7. …And somehow also all Communists.

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Nah.

8. We’re all damn good at baseball.

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When will the hurtful lies and misconceptions end? We’re good at everything, people.

9. We’re always yelling.

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Credit: We’re Not Yelling, We’re Cuban

Ok, well…

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READ: Hiiii Khloe, How’s Your Cuba Trip Going? Can We Chat About Something For A Sec?

Can’t we just stop with the stereotypes and, I don’t know. Eat pastelitos?

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