Q:hi! i think that an important point to consider when talking about race and latin american immigrants in the united states is the fact that the construct of race here in latin america is distinct from the concept of race in the united states.
for instance, you mentioned white mexicans. while in latin america race depends more on skin color and less on ancestry, in anglo america it’s determined mainly by where someone is from and their ancestry. someone born in mexico will never be white in the US, regardless of how light their complexion is. even if they dont speak like a foreigner, they will only pass for white until it’s revealed that theyre from latin america. thoughts?
We definitely agree on the idea that race as a concept is different in Latin America than it is in the US. For one, inequality in Latin America is often talked about in terms of class (often ignoring the fact that those who are poorest are the darkest and most indigenous) while in the US inequality is talked about in terms of race (ignoring how class further oppresses black people and other POCs)
However, we will respectfully disagree on your last statement. You CAN be considered white EVEN when your Latin American heritage has been disclosed.
We will use Alexis Bledel as a prime example.
Alexis Bledel identifies as Latina. Her father is Argentinian and her mother was raised in Mexico City. She has done countless articles talking about her “Latin American background.” And she is ALWAYS featured during Latin@ Heritage Month in “[insert number] of [white] celebrities you didn’t know were Latin@” articles.
BUT she is NOT racialized in the same manner that say Jessica Alba is. In fact, in almost all her roles she plays a white woman, DESPITE being completely fluent in Spanish, DESPITE being open about her Latinidad. She is treated as the white person that she is.
Now we know now you’re probably saying her name helps her out. And it’s true. Carlos Irwin Estevez (although technically he’s not Latino, he’s Spanish) changed his name to Charlie Sheen to help him pass as the white man he is. But we have another example of white Latin@s being racialized as white in Frankie Muniz.
Another celebrity heavily featured in the ubiquitous Latin@ Heritage [inser number] white Latin@ celebrities we rather feature instead of brown/black celebrities fluff pieces, Frankie Muniz is Puerto Rican. Yet despite his obviously Latin@ last name, he also has not been racialized as non-white. Instead, he consistently plays non-Latin@ white roles.
And last but not least we have Christina Aguilera
She is proudly Latina, much like Alexis Bledel. She even has a VERY Latina sounding name. She’s recorded albums in Spanish. BUT even during her Dirrrty phase, she was not hypersexualized in the same manner that other WOC artists are. Instead, her expression of sexuality and its reception were more reminiscent of how Madonna’s overt sexuality was performed and received. In contrast, artists like Nicki Minaj and Rihanna (two black female artists of Caribbean descent) are criticized for their expressions of sexuality and often villainized and their respective crafts dismissed because of how they choose to express their bodies and sexuality.
so tl;dr, No. Sorry, we refuse to accept the lie that White Latin@s are always racialized as ‘other’ in the US upon realization of their Latin American heritage. This is patently not true. Yes, some light-skinned Latin@ have conditional white passing privilege. But to say that no matter how light and bright they get they will never pass as white, I’m sorry but the evidence shows otherwise.
White Latin@s are white. This will never cancel out their Latinidad. But Latinidad can also never cancel their white privilege, so long as white supremacy is rule of the land.
(fyqueerlatinxs also made this post afterward to address some askbox messages they got: Friendly reminder to white [passing] Latin@s crying about erasure in our ask)
Q:so then.. PoC cannot cosplay white people?
You’re assuming equality that doesn’t exist. White people have social privilege. They face no oppression for their racial identity, and they directly benefit from the reality that others do. And when a white person dresses as a person of color, they’re asserting that privilege by appropriating another racial identity without having to deal with any of the negative realities of embodying it that PoC face daily: discrimination, oppression, othering, total lack of true representation, etc. That is oppresive, racist. However, when a PoC dresses as a white character, it isn’t an act of privilege because there is no privilege to assert. Thus, the implications and consequences are different.
The side of Michael Jackson they don’t show you: his ACTUAL RACE.
On 6th February 1984, after winning an unprecedented number of AMA awards Michael spoke to black publication JET magazine about people in his life he was thankful for; Stevie Wonder, who expresses pride of race in his music.
“That’s why I love Stevie Wonder’s album called Songs in The Key of Life… He had a song called Black Man and I just jumped up screaming when I heard that record because he’s showing the world what the Black man has done and what other races have done… He named it Black Man and all these people who have got the album sing it. And that’s the best way to bring about the truth.”
He donates 50mil to black charities yet people call him a black sell out
These shows taught me all about animals, science, math, geography, reading, grammar, kindness and friendship.
This will always be golden
Thanks to babysitting, this was my teens and early 20’s. I even watched it when the kids weren’t around.
Ugh my heart
For the record, Budden is a 33-year-old adult.
The photo was taken during an airport security check, and deductive reasoning — along with the fact that I wasn’t born yesterday — suggests that Budden’s “Not on my watch Homeboy !” caption is a thinly veiled suggestion that this man is a terrorist.
Since racist jokes are always hilarious and never bother anyone, Budden seemed surprised that the Twitterverse had some withering comments about him.
NPR covers all 2,428 miles of the US-Mexico border, so you don’t have to.
Dominique Christina - “For Emmett Till” (WoWPS 2014)
"In this photo, he’s laughing. And there is no cotton gin tied around his waist. He’s not stretched into swollen limbs. His eyes are still hazel, and recognizable. Two neat white rows of perfect teeth sit totem-like in his mouth. And the world did not know him because he had not been murdered yet."
Women of the World Poetry Slam champion, in 2014 AND 2012. So excited to have our first video of her up.