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Here’s The Latest On The White Woman Who Threw Hot Coffee At A Latino Construction Worker

A Latino man who was hired as a contractor at an upscale apartment complex in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles, California was subjected to racist rant by a white resident. Miguel Sanchez and his coworker showed up to do repairs on an owner’s unit when tan irate white woman physically blocked them from driving into the apartment garage. In a video that Sanchez shared on Facebook, a woman identified as Rhonda Michelle Polon is seen throwing hot coffee directly into Sanchez’s face.

Miguel Sanchez recorded a video that shows a racist interaction he had with the white woman that resulted with him having hot coffee thrown at him.

Posted by Miguel Angel on Saturday, August 4, 2018

Sanchez, who was in charge of the site and had the keys and remote to enter the property, had arrived at the apartment complex to work on an owner’s unit last Saturday. When his co-worker Jesse arrived, he went downstairs to let him in. When Sanchez showed up at the gate, he noticed Jesse was in a verbal altercation with Rhonda Michelle Polon, the owner of Spin Gal Fitness in West Hollywood.

“She was calling us wetbacks and that we were probably there to steal their stuff,” he explained in an interview with KTLA5. “After all those racial comments on us, I got my phone out and I started recording.”

The video shows Sanchez showing the woman the keys and garage door opener before she throws coffee at him.

CREDIT: Credit:@LatinoRebels

“She didn’t like that I was recording, so she threw hot coffee on my face.” Sanchez recalled after he pulled out his phone. He then called police, who he says arrived approximately two hours later. KTLA reports LAPD officers responded to the scene and noticed Sanchez face was still bright red. But since officials didn’t witness the incident, police said it was up to Sanchez to request a private person arrest. According to Sanchez, he gave police his side of the story and Polon did as well.

The officers asked if Sanchez would like to press charges and send her to jail or have them issue her a ticket. Fearing negative employment outcomes, Sanchez did not press charges and chose the ticket.

Polon says she isn’t a racist and only threw the coffee because she was being “harassed for 45 minutes.”

Shortly after, Polon made her Instagram page private and deactivated her business Facebook Page (Spin Gal Fitness) after the video of the incident went viral.

A protest party called a “Coffee Cathy & Bathrobe Billy Latin Party at Fitness Factory WeHo” has been planned for August 16.

A longer video version of the incident appears on the Viva Bernie 2020 Facebook page. It shows another heated confrontation with an unidentified man that accused the two workers of stealing his bike. The Facebook group is scheduled to throw a “Latin Party” at Polon’s fitness studio in West Hollywood where protesters and mariachis are set to appear.


READ: There Are More Hate Crimes Being Committed In California, And It’s Higher Among Latinos

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J Balvin Casually Serves Coffee From A NY Truck And People Have No Idea Who He Is

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J Balvin Casually Serves Coffee From A NY Truck And People Have No Idea Who He Is

There’s no one who loves coffee more than J Balvin. The Colombian trap artist posts videos on Instagram or Instagram Stories just about every morning at 5 a.m. of himself drinking coffee, meditating and thanking the universe for its infinite blessings. This morning, the “Mi Gente” crooner got a chance to share his favorite morning routine with local New Yorkers. 

J Balvin took over a coffee and pastry truck in New York to casually pour cups of cafecito to locals.

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“¡Buenos días, buenos días, buenos días mi gente! Buena vibra para todo el mundo estoy aquí atendiendo con buena vibra a todo el mundo como siempre,” exclaims the colombiano. 

“Estoy feliz, estoy agradecido con la vida. Y empiezo la Gira Arcoíris con el pueblo, con mi gente el 30 de agosto. Allí nos vemos, Arcoíris Tour el 30 en Puerto Rico para mi gente,” he adds reminding his followers that his tour starts at the end of August in Puerto Rico. 

A couple of people stopped by the impromptu Balvin Coffee Truck but seemingly have no idea who he is. 

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A few people stop J Balvin’s truck but given their calm demeanor, probably have no idea that they are being served by the YouTube’s most streamed artist. Back in June 2018 Billboard reported that J Balvin had officially become the most streamed artist on Spotify, knocking Drake from the top spot. Balvin’s single “X” with Nicky Jam was streamed more than 327 million times at the time of the publication. 

“Thank you for your service.”

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“Thank you for your service” is really the only verbal communication that is captured in the Instagram video. It’s still unclear what service J Blavin thanks his customers for, but we’re laughing along with the person recording the video.  

Most people in the comments want to know where they can get a cup of freshly brewed Balvin coffee but others are thanking him for being sanitary. 

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Songwriter and DJ Diplo thanks J Balvin for not serving pastries with bare hands. Although, however, we did notice Balvin’s pink hair was fully exposed and he was not wearing a hairnet. Rookie move, right?

People highlighted that only a humble artist like Balvin would park in the middle of New York to serve coffee. 

So querido Balvin, we thank YOU for your service. 

The Daily Show’ Tried To Use The Term ‘Latinx’ And People Weren’t Happy About It

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The Daily Show’ Tried To Use The Term ‘Latinx’ And People Weren’t Happy About It

Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic? You’ve heard all of those terms before, and you have, of course, also heard the arguments that come over their use. Nowadays, many younger generations of Latinx folks decide to opt for “Latinx” because it’s more inclusive but there are still others who haven’t fully accepted or adopted this term in their daily lives. 

Many people who are of Mexican, Argentinian, Cuban, Guatemalan, Honduran, Nicaraguan (and many other countries!) descent, have a difficult time coming agreeing to one term that everyone can identify as. 

But that’s the point of having different opinions and experiences, so it’s important to learn more about one’s history and also be open to another’s point of view.

Reddit user u/Aldopeck posted a status on the thread r/stupidpol posted about the Daily Show trying to use “Latinx to seem woke to Spanish people. All the Latinos in the comment section react saying ‘Latinx’ is a bullshit term that’s never going to be a thing.” 

Many people have also tried to make sense of whether Latino, Latinx or Hispanic is any “better” or “more inclusive” of a term. For example, last year, Remezcla published an extensive article on a brief but thorough history of how these words originated.  “Through my conversations and research into the background of these terms, it became clear that the origins and evolution of what we call ourselves is as complicated as our history in the United States,” writes Yara Simón for Remezcla on the topic

“We’ll probably never find a perfect term, especially as some prefer to identify as their (or their family’s) country of origin.”

Arturo Castro went on the Daily Show last month to talk to Trevor Noah about his latest sketch show “Alternatino.” In the segment, Castro spoke to Noah about how difficult it was to juggle his characters from “Broad City” and “Narcos.” But he also talked about his heritage and how his experiences as a Latino influence his work. 

“You know, being Latino, everybody sort of expects you to be, like, suave, you know, and really like spicy food or be really good at dancing,” Castro said. “I really like matcha, you know?”

But regardless of his matcha-loving ways, Castro is very intentional about uplifting his community (he’s from Guatemala) and isn’t one to shy away from major issues affecting people of color through his Comedy Central sketch show, “Alternatino.” For example, earlier this week, Comedy Central aired an episode of “Alternatino” that includes a mass-shooting-themed sketch

In “The Daily Show” interview, Noah then asks Castro, “what do you think some of the biggest misconceptions are about being Latino that you’ve come across in America that you try and debunk in the show?” 

To which Castro replies, “Well, you know, there’s this thing about being ultra-violent or being lazy. Like, you know, the most common misconception is about Latino immigrants being lazy. Where I find Latino immigrants to be some of the hardest-working people in the world, right?” 

While Arturo Castro dropped some gems during the interview, notice that his quotes all referred to his community and himself as “Latino”? Well, when The Daily Show shared a promotional post on Facebook about the interview, they used the term “Latinx” and people were not happy about it.

“Arturo Castro pokes fun at Latinx stereotypes on his new sketch series, “Alternatino,” the social team for The Daily Show wrote on Facebook. 

It didn’t take long for the backlash to pop up in the comments section.

Users were quick to comment on the use of the term Latinx, and criticize the show for inserting the word into Castro’s quote.

While the argument about whether one should use Latino, Latinx, or Hispanic is still up in the air, people can’t help but have opinions about it. 

A reddit user argued that “you can’t really say [Latinx] in Spanish. I mean you can ‘Latin-equis’ but nobody does. The whole thing just reeks of white liberal wokeness being imposed on a community of smelly unfortunates. If they’re so concerned with gendered languages why don’t they do the same thing with French, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.?” 

But other Facebook commenters weren’t going to let people off the hook for criticizing The Daily Show’s use of “Latinx” in their promotion. 

As one Facebook user pointed out, “not everyone identifies as binary male/female…hence the use of Latinx…it is for people who can’t or won’t identify as either. If you don’t like Latinx then don’t use it…see how simple that was?”

So, what’s it going to be? Latinx, Latino, or Hispanic? This social outrage also begs the question, if someone didn’t refer to themselves as “Latinx,” then should you omit the use of that term completely? Should brands be thinking harder about this before they hit post? 

You tell us! Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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