Yesterday, Gina Rodriguez and America Ferrera hosted the “Fiercely Latina” power lunch in Hollywood. It was a star-studded shindig meant to celebrate “strong Latina women in the entertainment industry”. Latinas coming together to honor one another should have been something of which we all could be proud of except there was one glaring omission.
There was not ONE black latina in sight. And please spare me with the “Rosario Dawson is an afrolatina”. It’s a stretch at best. Her father is white and her mother is mixed. Lo siento pero “issanoformedawg”.
To be completely honest, I’m not necessarily feeling left out as I don’t align myself “con mi gente”. However, this can’t be ignored and I doubt anybody else is going to write a thinkpiece on how anti-black this luncheon was. And the “do better” schtick is getting pretty old. Black caribeños and black latinos from other countries shouldn’t have to constantly beg to be acknowledged.
Ironically, the majority of the latinas at this luncheon were of Puerto Rican descent. A country with such a rich AFRICAN heritage AND NOT ONE OF THESE WOMEN thought anything was wrong with that whitewashed picture.
Maybe the black latinas were busy or the invitation got lost in the mail. Quien sabe? What I DO know is that there were a ton of black latinas who were more than qualified to be at the table with these women. Dare I say- better qualified to be there?
Negras como Lala Vasquez, Tatyana Ali, Gina Torres, Dascha Polanco, Amara “La Negra”, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Melissa De Souza should have been included but apparently latinas only matter when they are “brown” and not BLACK.
Or maybe the consensus was we’re only good enough to serve food and not fierceness and “negrura” only matters when latinas are dancing to music derived from Africans como salsa, rumba, merengue or cumbia.
Whatever the reason for the slight, we see you looking and acting just like your WASP counterparts. But the gag is- because of your continued dismissal and refusal to embrace the black folks in your respective countries, Trump, only, seems to target folks who look like you when he is deporting folks.
Even after you voted for him.
So just remember the next time that you’re looking for solidarity from “latinas unidas” … you all chose to leave the negras in the kitchen instead of making room for us to eat too. And we don’t see you either.