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16 de Junio, 2007

The Apologetic UnMexican(a)

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THIS IS SAD.

I’ve got cousins galore. Mexicans just spread all their seeds. And the women just pop them out.

My grandfather was the only Mexican at his college, the only Hispanic person at work and the only one at the all-white country club. He tried to forget his Mexican roots, because he never wanted his kids to be made to feel different in America. He and my grandmother didn’t speak Spanish to their children. Now, as a third-generation American, I feel as if I have finally cut loose.

My whole life, when I was growing up, not one race has ever accepted me, … So I never felt connected or attached to any race specifically. I had a very American upbringing, I feel American, and I don’t speak Spanish. So, to say that I’m a Latin actress, OK, but it’s not fitting; it would be insincere.

My grandfather was the only one in our family to go to college. He made a choice not to speak Spanish in the house. He didn’t want his kids to be different.”

- Jessica Alba

And clearly, one didn't. She turned out—so far—just like The Crowd.

JESSICA! Come back home, hermana. We accept you. There's plenty of love waiting. For yourself, and where you came from. You don't have to know Spanish if you won't want. But it's a trick, bending to the dominant culture's "acceptance" of you. It is a horrible trick. Recuerdas, amiga. Your history. Your roots.

A coconut may have meat, but is hollow. And Abuelo made an understandable choice under great pressure from the hate in the USA against nuestra gente. Of all people, yo entiendo, I understand. But you can make a braver one.

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Comentarios (14)


atlasien dijo:

GRVTR

This is what happens when people internalize a model of cultural connectedness that works like a scorecard. You start off the game at a loss, and you can only get back what you once had by achieving a certain number of arbitrarily assigned cultural points.

If you accept that model... then it becomes very appealing to just give up and quit the game. It's too hard, and the rules keep changing.


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez dijo:

GRVTR

i love your blog. especially the "introduction" posts.


dark faith dijo:

GRVTR

tremenda idiota ee alba seria mejor que nos diera su apellido de regresso


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez dijo:

GRVTR

Que es su verdad apellido? Isn't Alba her real last name?


Bruce from Missouri dijo:

GRVTR

Just FYI, Nezua, Wikipedia gives her name as Jessica Marie Alba. Her heritage is given as Mexican on her father's side, and French/Danish on her mother's side.

For some reason, I had always had the impression that her heritage was Pacific Islander...I'm not sure where that idea came from.


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez dijo:

GRVTR

and yet she feels, somehow, that she has "finally cut loose" of her mexicana roots. "loose" enough to start recycling tired old racist lines to the media.

i just feel bad for her. she's a perfect reflection of the USA's anti-Mexican sentiment.


Trin dijo:

GRVTR

oh holy hell that is fucking horrid.

ugh.


cindylu dijo:

GRVTR

I remember her saying something like this (though much less inflamatory) a few years ago. She criticizes Raza a lot. I mean, what's there to be proud of. We speak and inferior language and have too many kids. Meh. I'm really annoyed now that I actually watched Honey on opening night 'cause my roommate dragged me there.


democommie dijo:

GRVTR

Nez:

Thank GOD this wasn't posted at you know who's blog (he of the many spangly things shall remain nameless). You are such a meany to call out poor Jess for her arrogignorance. What is spanish for kitt--never mind, I already got in trouble for that, once.


calabaza dorada dijo:

GRVTR

Jessica Alba tiene el talento de actuar en la misma cantidad que tiene orgullo mexicano.


Mix dijo:

GRVTR

At first, I was a little disappointed but after reading it over I sawer point. However, some of what she said was disrespectful to Mexicans. I think what she said was taken out of text. I'm black and I hate when people first see my color instead of just seeing a person. White people always try to put you in a category of some sort. When an Irish person is interviewed there are no comments about race. When an Italian person is interviewed there are no comments about race but when someone of color (Latin or Back) is interviewed the media always takes it there. I'm proud to be black just as Irish people are proud to be Irish but come on. We're not aliens we're people just like Europeans are people. Have you guys noticed that because Cameron Diaz is blonde when interviewed there is never a mention of her Cuban (father) heritage? I think what Jess is trying to do is say look I’m an actress first.


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:

GRVTR

yes, i see the point of self-denial, too. its a valid response in a culture that hates your kind. i dont think it is self-celebrating tho. i dont personally feel it is self-love or healthy.

and yes, of course irish people's ethnicity isnt pointed out. ...that's sort of the point.


mix dijo:

GRVTR

If I were interviewed and an interviewer asked something like how does it feel being a black actress I'd probably respond by saying it feels the same as it does for white actresses. I would not have gone as far as Jess did. I read your comment and so I decided to read the interview again. I see what you mean about Jess but I understand her not wanting the focus of the interview to be on race.

I feel this way because I often see interviews of black rappers or singers and the media always seems to focus on race instead of talent. The media often ask stereotypical questions such as are you from a broken home, how many times did you get shot, did you witness drug deals growing up. I wish some of them would say what Jess said which is it’s not about my race or growing up in poverty it’s about my talent. FOCUS ON TALENT.

I love my black body and looks but if I were a star I wouldn't focus on that. I have brown skin and black features it's clear what I am. I wouldn't want someone asking me stupid questions like how does it feel being a black actress? I mean what type of question is that. Could you imagine someone asking Julia Roberts how does it feel being a white actress? She would probably laugh at the question. I just wouldn't want that to be the focus. I would shoot that question down. The more I read the interview the more I do see your point. I don't think it's what she intended but she did say some disrespectful things. I would NEVER SAY ANYTHING NEGATIVE ABOUT MY BLACK BROTHERS AND SISTERS. So you're right, if I were Mexican I'd be MAD too. Tiger Woods did this also.


nezua limón xolagrafik-jonez Author Profile Page dijo:

GRVTR

i didnt mean to overlook that point. i see yours.

i guess i'm also figuring in all i know of her attitude, already. which is complex...and i respect it too. i mean, i'm sad...but is it for her or me or our society? dunno. but i just want to see gente be proud.

there's no easy answer to any of it, eh?

thank you for so much energy and thought and life experience.