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Man Yells At Mexican Restaurant Staff Because Of A Bilingual Sign

A taco restaurant employee in Anaheim, California was on the receiving end of a customer’s angry rant. It all started because the customer was unable to read part of a sign promoting a Friday special while trying to order it on a Monday. What ensued was a rant filled with offensive language and threats to call immigration authorities.

A video of a man’s angry tirade against an employee of a Mexican restaurant is going viral.

According to KCAL 9, a customer at Palapas Tacos in Anaheim, California was caught on camera screaming and yelling at the cashier because the sign behind her had three words in Spanish. The restaurant alleges that the unidentified man was angry because he was trying to order the fish tacos using the Friday special price on a Monday.

The confusion was because the sign read “Especial de Viernes” and did not have an English translation. When the employee told the man that the special was only on Fridays, that’s when he began to yell, “We’re not in Mexico. We’re in America.”

The man then turned around and began yelling at the customers behind him. At one point he told the customers, “I’m an American. I don’t use Spanish.” One of the other customers can be heard telling the man, “Okay. Go get a hotdog.”

People on Twitter are dragging the man for being upset at seeing Spanish in a Mexican restaurant.

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How many times are we going to have to see people walking in Latino spaces and threatening us when they hear or see Spanish? These places are created by people who are multilingual and have love for their culture. It is unacceptable for anyone to walk into any of these spaces and demand that people stop using a language they are comfortable using with some customers.

One man came through with a fire recommendation for this particualr diner.

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It’s a pretty simple concept. If you con’t want to hear a different language being spoken, don’t go to ethnic restaurants. This isn’t to say that people need to stay away from places that might make them uncomfortable. However, you have to respect the space you are in and the same kindness you are given should be reciprocated.

A community is rallying around the restaurant to show them solidarity.

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As the irate customer was leaving the restaurant when the owner started to record him. The owner asked him who he was threatening to call.

“Immigration,” the man responded. “For you because you’re not legal.”

Perhaps the man is just upset that he isn’t smart enough to speak two languages. Surely, just a couple of weeks of high school Spanish would have taught him the days of the week.

READ: West Virginia Woman Caught On Camera Telling Mexican Restaurant Workers To Leave Her Country

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Yalitza Aparicio Has Landed Her First Role Since “Roma” And We Cannot Wait

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Yalitza Aparicio Has Landed Her First Role Since “Roma” And We Cannot Wait

For fans of Yalitza Aparicio from the now iconic film Roma, we have been waiting almost three years to know what’s next for the Oscar-nominated actress. And now, we finally have some answers.

The Roma actress is set to star in an upcoming horror film that’s already started filming.

Anyone who saw Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma immediately fell in love with Cleo, the character played by Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio. Her award-winning part in Roma was her very first acting gig and despite her success, she hasn’t acted in anything since, until now.

Aparicio is set to star in an upcoming horror film Presences, a horror film from Innocent Voices director Luis Mandoki. As reported by Mexican publication El Universal, production on Aparicio’s second feature kicked off this week in Tlalpujahua in central Mexico.

According to El Universal: “The film tells the story of a man who loses his wife and goes to seclude himself in a cabin in the woods, where strange things happen.” Production in Tlalpujahua is expected to last for a month.

Although this is only her second role, Aparicio has kept herself busy with several projects.

Aparicio was a schoolteacher plucked from obscurity to star in “Roma,” which resulted in her becoming the first Mexican woman to be Oscar nominated for Best Actress in 14 years and the first Indigenous woman in history. And her Indigenous identity is a major part of her career.

While “Presences” marks the first movie Aparicio has taken on since “Roma,” the actress has remained busy over the last two years, including supporting Indigenous film community efforts in Mexico.

The actress has teamed with projects such as Cine Too to help extend access to cinema to marginalized communities. Cine Too is a one-screen, 75-seat cinema in Guelatao de Juárez, Oaxaca that serves as an educational center for the next generation of Indigenous filmmakers.

“It’s important to save these spaces because they reach places where the arts are often not accessible,” Aparicio told IndieWire. “I come from a community where there’s no movie theater, and as a consequence the population, especially the children that grow up those communities, has less of an interest in the cinematic arts. [Cine Too] has the possibility to reach these children and provide an opportunity to instill in them the passion for cinema and teach them about this art form.”

Aparicio continued, “My objective in my career is to give visibility to all of us who have been kept in the dark for so long. The acting projects I’m working on are moving slowly because I’m putting all my efforts in not being pigeonholed because of my appearance. There are many people who have the disposition to help change things. We’ve had enough of people being typecast in certain roles or characters based on the color of their skin. We have a complicated job, because these things can’t be changed overnight but hopefully we can show people that the only limits are within us.”

“Wherever I go, I’ll always be proudly representing our Indigenous communities,” the actress concluded. “I’m conscious that every step I take may open doors for someone else and at the same time it’s an opportunity for society to realize we are part of it and that we are here.”

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

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Turns Out The First Owner Of Beverly Hills Was An Impressive Afro-Mexican Woman

Beverly Hills, one of the most well-known destinations in the country and world has long been a thriving and prime area for real-estate. Long before it was colonized by the Spanish, and was largely populated by rich white elites, the Indigenous people of California known as the Tongva, thrived there.

Hundreds of years later, in the 1830s, when the area was colonized, Maria Rita Valdez Villa, the granddaughter of Spanish colonists Luis and Maria Quintero and the great-granddaughter of an African slave was granted the original 4,500-acre of Beverly Hills, then known as El Rancho Rodeo de las Aguas.

Yes, as it turns out the foremother of Beverly Hills was a Black Latina!

During her ownership, Maria Rita oversaw cattle ranching and farming.

According to LA Magazine, Rita “was well known for holding a yearly celebratory rodeo under a famous eucalyptus tree at what is now Pico and Robertson boulevards.”

Sadly, after working the land for so much time, three Indigenous Californian outlaws attacked the ranch in 1852. The attack led to a shootout amongst “a grove of walnut trees at what is now Benedict Canyon and Chevy Chase drives” and eventually in 1854 Maria Rita decided to sell the area to investors Henry Hancock and Benjamin D. Wilson for $4,000.

Perhaps there’s a chance for justice for Maria Rita in the end.

Recently, Los Angeles County officials revealed that they were contemplating returning a beachfront property that was seized from a Black family nearly a century ago.

According to the Guardian, Manhattan Beach used “eminent domain” in 1924 to force Willa and Charles Bruce, the city’s first Black landowners, of the land where they lived. “The Bruces also ran a resort for Black families during a time when beaches in the strand were segregated,” explained the Guardian in a recent report. “Part of the land was developed into a city park. It is now owned by Los Angeles county and houses lifeguard headquarters and a training center.”

Manhattan Beach county Supervisor Janice Hahn announced that she was looking into ways to restore justice for Bruce family. Options include delivering the land back to the family, paying for losses, or potentially leasing the property from them

“I wanted the county of Los Angeles to be a part of righting this terrible wrong,” Hahn explained in a recent interview with KABC-TV.

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