I am looking for places to collaborate and share my thoughts and I find many channels with great people and not so great people. I have to say that blogging has helped me identify where I want to be and where I don’t want to be. I am so happy I decided to leave Being Latino a while back given the childish behavior of its Founder and articles published like the following.
- Thank God for the bomb | Being Latino Online Magazine (As of the moment that I was going to Publish this they removed it from the site)
I have had two very different experiences collaborating with two very different groups of Latinos based in the U.S. My last experience has been with a group of individuals who are very united, full of energy and passion with everything they do.
Not only are they supportive of each other but also they go above and beyond creating things to benefit others without any real benefit to themselves most of the time.
They are willing to face adversity and join as group to tackle many of the current issues that are related to Latinos. The writing and skill of most writers here is of a quality; I consider myself below their level. I admire most of the folks in the Latino Rebels group in a way they are all unique.
Here are some reasons why I admire the Latino Rebels:
Disagreement is an Opportunity for Everyone To Learn
Different to other places where I collaborated , every time we disagreed everyone expressed their point of view in a respectful way. Nobody is trying to push anyone into going a certain way.
Even when others disagree, they still step up to the plate to support your efforts. They might not agree with part of it (which is fine) but they are continously supporting what they do.
The Members are the Glue that keep it together
I decided to leave the group and once I did so I got various messages of support and letting me know that I was part of a group. This reminded me that when we break up, we lose our momentum, and our leverage towards the same issues we are all fighting for.
Respect Towards Other Groups
Although the Latino Rebels leadership has gotten a few detractors, these other individuals have a lot to learn from. In these scenarios the leadership has shown real, genuine, engagement, have taken the high road, and ignored the rest.
My Other Terrible Experience
Many months ago trying to follow the steps of my mentor Julio Varela and I signed up to write for Being Latino. They made me go through a process that I still ask myself why I submitted myself too (but I can only blame myself). Once the process ended, I wrote my first post and it took me a few days to realize the Toxic environment that I had gotten myself into. I decided to wait a while to see if it was a bad day or week. But after the third week I decided to leave Being Latino because of the negative energy that was being transferred to me via a computer.
Poorly run Fraternity (Being Latino)
They key reason I left was because they had many processes in place but could not handle the key things like supporting those that supported them. It felt like a full time job when every writer on Being Latino is not paid. I was submitted to a virtual hazing by one of the ignorant individuals in the group where he decided to harass new writers. This brought me memories of my days in college when I decided to join a fraternity. The only thing that made it different was that I am much older and did not sign up for a fraternity.
Why do I say it is poorly run? First when I addressed my concerns with the person who claims to be the King of Facebook and Engagement (Lance Rios) he clearly communicated via a Facebook message that he was not up to date on what happened in the day to day of Being Latino.
Not Being Grateful
Instead of being thankful for the time I spent writing for him he decided to act like he did me a favor for allowing me write. The conversation ended with him supposedly being offended by me expressing my opinion about him.
It’s Condescending when People Approach him with their thoughts
I guess the King of Facebook Engagement prefers people talking behind his back than addressing him directly. He clearly acted like the victim in our conversation and decided to end it. I gave him my last thoughts and I had not written to him since last February.
It Bothers Them When Others Succeed
Lance decided that being the King of Facebook he had to take control of the progress Latino Rebels has had. So he goes into the group with his “sharp engagement skills” to self promote Being Latino.
I commented on a post yesterday as a Latino Rebels Admin and Lance got defensive even though I really cared less that he commented and tried to self promote his sadly run Fraternity or Online Magazine like he likes to call it.
I decided to leave Latino Rebels since I realize I need to be focusing on some of my own personal and business efforts. It was a difficult decision to make given that I have a lot on my plate running Papaheroes.com, Veglatino.com, Cimapr.net, and this blog.
But with the news of my dad being diagnosed with cancer this morning, I decided that since I could not commit to the Latino Rebels I would remove myself from it until I could straighten many things.
Great Support from the Rebeldes
I have gotten great support from most of the Latino Rebels. But once the word got around that I removed myself from the group, I got this message from the The Ego Idiot himself Lance Rios applauding that I quit the Latino Rebels.
Not sure if Lance is aware that there is more to self promoting and attacking people that have supported you.
Here is the message that I received from Lance Rios once he heard the news and you make your own judgment of what kind of individual he is.
This is not he first time Lance acts like a child. There are many stories of Lance treating people like crap but many of us have decided to walk away. I guess today after hearing the news that My Dad ,the Rebelde who I look up too is battling Cancer, I had to write this post in honor of the Great Don Tito. I had to let Mr. Rios know that he is not as powerful as he thinks he is. Just because I was patient with him does not mean I am intimidated by his antics.
While Lance is too busy trying to divide what others like Julio Varela built, he should worry about some of the insulting content that is posted and misrepresented regarding the views of other Latinos.
Thank God for the bomb | Being Latino Online Magazine (As of the moment that I was going to Publish this they removed it from the site)
So Lance before you call someone condescending how do you feel about this racist and ignorant piece written on your poorly run blog?