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21 Foods Latinos Grew Up Resenting But Are So Proud Of Now

Growing up Latino means that breakfast was not always cheerios and dinner not only mac and cheese. We got to grow up with a lot more sabor in our diet than the average American, but sometimes that was more than we could handle. Not all traditional foods make kids mouths water after all. Here are the top 21 foods that Latina moms sometimes had to force us to eat, enjoy the trip down memory lane!

Tripas

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Whether it was in Menudo, Mondongo, Mofongo or something else, most of us have had cow stomach served up to us at one point in our childhood. While the truth is all these dishes are quite delicious if you are not ready for the chewy texture of tripas and start thinking about what it really is the gag factor can be pretty high!

Morcilla

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Spanish blood sausage originated in Europe but it’s a big hit as a street food all over Latin America as well. Condolences to the kids that had it show up in their lunchbox however, as this blood clot and rice savory snack can get you some pretty intense stares from other kids. Don’t worry, you will learn to love it. Someday.

Chapulines

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You thought it was cool that your uncle came all the way from Oaxaca to visit the fam until he broke out the sack of roasted grasshoppers and passed it around. Not wanting to seem rude, your mom made you down a handful. And then another. Crunch crunch!

Gelatina

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While many kids got big fancy birthday cakes on their special day, lots of us got stuck with a wiggly woggly gelatin dish instead. You might say that it actually goes down smooth and silky but when you start thinking about what it’s actually made of, cow skin and feet, it kinda gets stuck in the throat.

Escamoles

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Although they are known as “Mexican caviar”, you probably were not too happy about slurping up escamoles when your mama served them up back in the day. The larvae and pupae of a particular species of ant, this delicacy takes an acquired taste, one you probably didn’t have as a young un who just wanted something normal for a change.

Chicharrones

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Nothing says yummy for the tummy like deep fried pork skin. But the worst part is that chicharrones are one of those foods that sometimes can be chewed on forever without going down. A kids nightmare come true. The truth is this dish pairs quite perfectly with a  cold cerveza to help wash it down, but that’s something you won’t be getting your hands on for years to come!

Lengua

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Those were the most tender and delicious tacos you have ever had in your life right? Up until you found out that you were eating cow tongue! Now your mom has to use a straightjacket to keep you in your chair and force feed you that food! Bon Appetit!

Chile Candy

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All the other kids were sucking on those watermelon Now and Laters but you got a lollipop so spicy it makes your lips burn. At least there is blistex!

Spicy Fruit

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As if spicy hot candy wasn’t enough, you also had to eat things like mango and tamarindo completely smothered in chile. Sometimes even in your ice cream!

Buche

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You honestly thought that tripas were hard to put down the gullet until you met their next of kin. Made from the stomach of pigs, buche is one of the top meats that Latina moms like to slip into your sandwiches on the under. Surprise!

Hog Head Cheese

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Nope that’s not cheddar there in your lunch box darling, that’s the jelly made from boiling a whole pig head for hours. Queso de Puerco is scarier than the boogey man and a chupa cabra in one!

Ceviche

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While among adults, ceviche is often compared to heaven on earth, raw fish is the kind of dish that gets kids hiding in the closet. But you gotta come out sometime junior!

Nopales

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What’s that in the eggs ma? Green beans? Nope, it’s the slimy leaf of a prickly desert cactus eaten all over Northern Mexico and other parts of Latin America. The truth is its healthy as hell, just like those Brussel sprouts…

Tortilla Sandwiches

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That photo actually looks pretty bomb, but many of us grew up with mothers who thought it was cool to substitute tortillas every time the wonder bread ran out. PB&J on a tortilla is just not the same ma!

Hormigas Culonas

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Although they taste a lot like roasted salted peanuts, these Colombian big-ass ants look like they jumped right off of fear factor. Just put em on some arequipe obleas and it’s all good! Not.

The Hamburger Burrito

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When mom is in a rush but still trying to keep it traditional you sometimes get the freakish Frankenstein monster known as the hamburger burrito. We pity the kid that has to choke this one down. For real, at least put some hamburger helper on that thing.

Sopa de Raiz

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This soup is so gross we couldn’t even use a real picture. Cleverly disguised as “root soup” this South American traditional stew is actually made with cow or horse penis. Wait, you mean you didn’t know? And it was your favorite?

Old Beans

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Yo, leftovers are cool. Sometimes they even taste better the next day, truth be told. But when those beans have been hanging out in the fridge all week they can get that ragged furry and slimy taste going. Mom says their fine though, so chow down hijo mio!

Tortilla Chips with Mayo

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Ran out of salsa so she went ahead and scooped you out half the jar of mayo. Now you gotta eat it. Sucks to be you bro.

Sesos

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Creamy like oatmeal and flavorful as crab, cow brains are by far one of many kid’s favorite lunchmeats. In hell maybe. This one probably had you wishing all those Zombie movies were real so you could have someone to pawn them off on.

Cuy

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Nothing says dinnertime fun like a roasted rat on your plate that seems intent on staring you down while you try to figure out where to make your first cut. Chances are that if your mom is from one of the Andean nations she has tried to pull this one on you as Guinea Pig is a delicacy there that goes back to Incan times. 

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

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Radical Feminists Have Seized Control of a Federal Building in Mexico in Protest of the Government’s Apathy Towards Rampant Femicide

Last week, Mexican feminist activists took over the National Human Rights Commissions federal building in a move to bring greater awareness to the scourge of gender-based violence and femicide that has racked Mexico for decades.

According to the federal Interior Secretariat, the statistics in Mexico have recently taken a turn for the worse.

Domestic violence against women has became an even more acute problem since the pandemic has forced women to stay insider with their abusers. Emergency distress calls reporting domestic violence have risen by 50%.

The occupation of the Human Rights building is just another chapter in the saga of the “Ni Una Menos” (Not One More Woman) movement, an anti-femicide collective born in Argentina that has steadily been gaining steam in Mexico since 2019.

In recent years, anti-femicide demonstrations have been sparked by various heinous crimes against women or girls that have been largely overlooked by law enforcement officials. 

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Unfortunately, the government of Mexico has appeared to be apathetic to the wave of femicide that is overwhelming the women of their country.

Recently, when President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was asked to address Mexico’s gender violence epidemic, he demurred, stating that he didn’t “want femicide to detract” from the raffle his administration was holding for the sale of the presidential airplane.

As for the feminist activists at the heart of Ni Una Menos and the federal building occupation, the government’s failure to respond to anti-woman violence is the primary fuel for their anger. 

“We’re here so that the whole world will know that in Mexico they kill women and nobody does anything about it,” said Yesenia Zamudio to the LA Times. According to Zamudio, she is still seeking justice for the murder of her 19-year-old daughter four years ago.

The women of Mexico appear to be fed up, grasping at any and all tactics that have the potential to incite change on a grander scale.

Their tactics may seem dramatic to some, but it’s undeniable that they are no longer being ignored. As of now, the radical activists are pulling attention-grabbing stunts like decorating a portrait of Mexican Revolution leader Francisco Madero with lipstick and purple hair.

They’re also making headlines for vandalizing the federal building’s walls and splashing paint on the doors of the presidential palace.

One thing is for sure: something has to change. Otherwise, thousands of innocent women and girls will continue to be raped, abused, and murdered while their perpetrators escape with immunity. 

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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