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These Peruvians Are Embracing Their Afro-Latino Pride Like Never Before

Blackness and Racial Identity in Peru.

Millions of Black Peruvians are becoming more aware of their African heritage and are teaching this cultural pride to their children. This is a beautiful signs as Afro-Peruvians continue the fight for equal rights and black empowerment in Peru.

Posted by The united states of Africa on Saturday, August 27, 2016

“Here we are.”

Banco Mundial and the Ministry of Culture in Peru teamed up to bring more attention to the Afro-Peruvian population, and it’s amazing. As the people in the video say, “here we are.” Those in the video gave very honest and frank answers about how it feels to be Afro-Peruvian. One word was repeated: invisible. They feel invisible and ignored while people offer up tips on how to make their appearance prettier and more accepted. But there is more than physical critiques. Those in the video feel they are not being heard.

“I feel invisible when I tell people that there is racism in Peru, and they don’t believe me,” one woman said.

“My name is not ‘morenita,’ ‘zambita,’ or ‘morocha,'” another woman told the camera.

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CREDIT: Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit / Touchstone Pictures

PREACH! ??

But at the end of the day, they are proud of being Afro-Peruvian and even rep some of the different provinces in Peru.

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CREDIT: The united states of Africa / Facebook

As the end of the video says, “Peru is diversity.” Let’s embrace all Latino brothers and sisters. There is enough tension in this world without throwing shade and hate at each other.


READ: 13 Celebs You Probably Didn’t Know Were Afro-Latino

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This Taco Will Make You Rethink Your Life Choices

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This Taco Will Make You Rethink Your Life Choices

CREDIT: ODDITY CENTRAL / FACEBOOK

Chacho’s Taco in Corpus Christi, Texas, is challenging patrons to a test of endurance, sort of. If you can eat a four pound taco, Chacho’s will give you a t-shirt, your name will be honored on their hall of fame, and you won’t even have to pay for the meal. All for the grand total value of $9.99. While eating four pounds of anything might not sound like the hardest challenge ever, there’s a catch. You have ten minutes to eat the entire thing. Still think you can do it?

In the last 18 years, only five people have to complete the “All-Mighty Chacho’s Taco Challenge.”

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CREDIT: TACOS OF TEXAS / FACEBOOK 

The ingredients include a 14-inch custom sized tortilla (the size of a large pizza), beans, carne guisada, bacon, potatoes, cheese, and, of course, egg.

Undeterred, customers give it their best when trying to defeat the All Mighty Taco.

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CREDIT: CHACHOS TACOS / FACEBOOK

This kid could use the tortilla as a blanket.

Others probably realize they’ve bitten off literally more than they can chew.

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CREDIT: BELINCIA SMITH MORRIS / FACEBOOK

Justice is served… it’s a joke about her name tag.

Not everyone who orders the All Mighty Taco is in it to win it.

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CREDIT: 1440 KEYS / FACEBOOK 

Like Big Foot or the Chupacabra, photos of this thing are hard to believe.

Most people just want a photo with it, or a meal that’ll last all week.

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CREDIT: CONNIE GUARDADO / FACEBOOK

Because who has time to meal prep?

However, there are a few talented souls who have walked away a “winner.”

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CREDIT: CHACHO’S TACOS / FACEBOOK

That’s the smile of a man who knows he’s in trouble.

The All Mighty Taco’s popularity soared recently because of this Facebook photo of Norma Jean Toro tackling the beast.

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CREDIT: NORMA JEAN TORO / FACEBOOK

This photo was originally posted a year ago, but thanks to Facebook’s memories feature, Norma reposted it to her wall. Within a few hours, the photo was getting tons of love from friends and strangers.

But Chacho’s Taco was already a hit with locals and tourists, thanks to Texas Monthly, who named the “Weenie And Egg” as one of the best tacos in Corpus Christi.

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CREDIT: RUDY ESTRADA / FACEBOOK

As Mary Gutierrez, owner of Chacho’s Tacos, told KRISTV,  “We feel very honored to be able to get a call from Texas Monthly letting me know that we were going to be coming out. We have people coming in every day for the advertisements I guess from Texas Monthly.”

While good food keeps people coming back, it’s photos with the All Mighty Taco that get the most love from fans.

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CREDIT: MARCO TORRES / FACEBOOK

READ: These Mexican Dudes Wrote A Corrido For The Best Burger In Texas (And The Planet)

Are you up for the challenge? If you get a chance to visit in Corpus Christi, please take photos and share them with mitú!