Jessica la Americana

Posted on June 21, 2007. Filed under: Celebrities & Entertainment, Latino Identity, News & Politics, North America, United States |

It’s totally acceptable that Jessica Alba is being completely honest about her Latin roots, or lack thereof, in a new interview with Para Todos Magazine.

The issue is not that she considers herself less Latina than Cameron Diaz, nor that she was raised to deny her heritage in order to fit in.

(BTW she grew up in Pomona, California where the majority population is Mexican American).

The real issue is she seems to be content that the only ties she has with the Latin race is her last name.

“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.”

If she likes feeling “American,” which means not tied to “any race specifically” then we feel really sorry for her.

It’s pretty fitting that Jessica was so candid about not wanting to be pigeonholed as a Latina in a Latin magazine. The onslaught has already begun.

SOURCE: Noche Latina

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If she likes feeling “American,” which means not tied to “any race specifically” then we feel really sorry for her.
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Why? What a patronizing comment. Why should she feel tied to any one race specifically when her mother Danish/French and her father Mexican? I don’t feel sorry for her. She has a great life and a fabulous career.

I feel sorry for all the Latinos who can’t speak English and remain mired in ignorance and poverty.


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