Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gina Rodriguez Opens Up About Interracial Latino Racism After Being Told She is Not Latina Enough

It's a topic that no one wants to talk about, except Gina Rodriguez. Gina is the star of the hit show "Jane the Virgin" and was recently on the cover of People in Español. She was excited to share the news and images with her Instagram followers only to be flooded with negative comments. She was criticized for how she looked, how she was posed, and for her grammar in her caption that she wrote in English and Spanish. She was told that she was not Latina enough.

Oh I know that feeling.

Because I married a white guy.
Because I don't speak enough Spanish.
Because my kids aren't bilingual.
Because I "talk white".

Gina had a wonderful response...

You know what saddens my heart, is when you try and celebrate an accomplishment with those that have helped you achieve it and no matter what, someone, anyone, has something negative to say. Whether it was from the way my toes curled under to the way I typed my spanish. We desire to project our own insecurities and hatred on another. When did we decide social media was for hating, for putting others down rather than lifting them up. I refuse to participate in that kind of world. Before you write a comment today on anyone's picture or anyone's page ask yourself would you want others to say that about yourself? What am I getting out of being mean to another person I have never met? Yesterday I shared my joy for the cover of @peopleenespanol and I was blown away at the immediate hate projected on my page. My question to you today is this, do you know the power you have in this world and do you desire to use it for good? I do.#NoToKeyboardCourage

The idea that a human being is not "enough" of anything is awful. As a group we should not be trying to "one-up" each other, but embrace each other. A united front is much stronger than a divided one.

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