Being that I am a Latin mama living in the South, I have been asked the weirdest questions since I moved to the United States. I came to the United States in 1999, imagine all the questions, clichés, I’ve dealt with all this years. I decided to write about the most frequently asked questions a Latina faces in the United States.
- I am going as back as November 1999, when I was in the ARMY, basic training to be exact. I was asked why Latinas come to the states to steal black man. Yes, that question was asked, more than once. My reply…as a Latina, Puerto Rican, to be exact, the color of someone’s skin is not something we take into consideration when dating!
- So, What part of Mexico are you from? Yes, that continues to happen, I guess for most americans if you speak Spanish, you are Mexican!
- You eat spicy food, right? Nope, just because I speak Spanish doesn’t mean I eat spicy food!
- Can I see your green card? You moron, I am Puerto Rican, I do not need a green card.
- Since when are you an US Citizen? Since the day I was born…and yes, I was asked that question at the DMV in beautiful South Carolina.
- How did you learn English? Well, in Puerto Rico we take English from elementary school all the way through college, so, logically I learned while in the island, and became more fluent when I moved to states, and I still have a lot more to learn.
- Where are you from? Often times I wanted to say, Oh, I am from MARS!!!
- So, What are you Black or White? Hello, I am Puerto Rican!!! Black, White, Olive, we come in all sorts of colors and shades.
- I love your accent, where are you from again? I am like, well thanks for finding my accent cute, but if you only knew how many times I’ve been asked that questions you would not ask!
- Why did you came to the states? Because I wanted to!
- Your husband is a white boy? Yes, he is!!!! Is it weird or something?
- Why do you all live together? The first time I heard that one I was confused, so I asked the person to elaborate. So the person was referring to families that all live together in a one bedroom apartment. I have never live with people like that, so I never gave it any thought. After a couple of minutes, I asked that person, What does it matter how people live? or Who they live with? I mean seriously, that was none of my business!
- Why do you hang your clothes outside? Well, in PR I did hung my clothes outside to dry because we did not have a dryer, but since I came to the states, every place I lived in, had a dryer, so I dry my clothes. Again, not an issue that matters to me, as long as I can dry my clothes….I can care less how it gets done. Later on I learned that people in the states do not like when people air dry their clothes, because it makes the neighborhoods look bad. Well, if I am air drying my clothes in my property, I can care less whether my neighbor likes it or not. Now, if the neighbor wants to help me pay my taxes, buy groceries, or pay another bill, then , I may consider his/her opinion 🙂
- Do you pay taxes? Lord!!! Yes, I am a law-abiding citizen and I pay taxes every year!!!
- What currency they use in PR? US DOLLAR moron, we are part of the USA!!!I did not say “moron” out loud, but I did think about it.
- Do they have McDonald’s in PR? Yes!!! and Olive Garden, and Sizzlers, and Starbucks, and Burger King, etc, etc, etc.
Well, that is all I’m sharing today…I can come up with a part two later on…Have you ever been ask any of those questions?by