A Los Angeles family is receiving thousands of messages of support on social media after defending themselves from a woman who scolded them for speaking Spanish. Carlos Steven Vasquez of Los Angeles was eating out with his family at an IHOP when an elderly woman confronted his mother for speaking Spanish.
Vasquez pulled out his cell phone and began recording the woman, who told the Vasquez family to “go back to Spain” before adding, “We speak English in America.” Vasquez’s mother, who was visibly upset, responded that she did speak English and that she worked hard as a janitor.
Vasquez posted the video to Facebook, where it has gotten more than 13 million views and nearly 400,000 shares. Vasquez wrote:
“So today at IHOP a white lady stepped in and insulted my mother for speaking Spanish. She told my mom to learn English Or get out of America.my mom does speak English with an accent though! I stepped in an didn’t let her do that. Please share!! This will not stop unless we step in. Latinos tenemos que hablar contra el RACISMO! Here’s the video of proof! Share!!!”
Ronda Rousey reestablished herself as the baddest UFC fighter – male or female – after knocking out Bethe Correia in just 34 seconds. Something else people are buzzing about is her Venezuelan heritage. As a child, Rousey was never recognized as Latina. After revealing in an interview that her dad is Venezuelan, she’s taking her moment to empower other Latinas to follow their dreams. Check out these badass quotes the show Rousey is more than a mean right hook.
“When I was younger people wouldn’t believe I was half-Venezuelan. I don’t look like it. I look like my dad. I never really got any cultural recognition as a kid. It’s kind of a shame that people treat you how you look like.”
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“Listen, just because my body was developed for a purpose other than f*cking millionaires doesn’t mean it’s masculine. I think it’s femininely badass as f*ck because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose because I’m not a do nothing b*tch.”
“I speak really, really fast because the people in my family all had very interesting things to say, and so I learned to say what I want to say loud and really fast because that’s the only way I was gonna break in and be heard.”
“I always kinda had more of a brash sense of humor and rapport with my teammates, and that compounded with very empowered and educated women in my family, and it kind of turned into the way I present myself today, which I admit is not very normal, but I don’t think it’s a bad thing.”
“I said the exact same thing she was saying to me at weigh-ins. You know, she was screaming in my face at weigh-ins. She was saying, ‘Don’t cry.’ So I turned around to her after I knocked her out and I said, ‘Don’t cry.'”