Latinos In Hiding

14 Oct

Being Latina is something that I have always been proud of. Knowing that all my achievements are made even greater by the fact that I’m Latina is a plus. Even now, I see celebrities such as Eva Longoria that have done so much not only in their careers but also for causes they believe in and I feel so proud of my ethnicity. However, showing that Latinos are capable of greatness would not be possible if Eva Longoria totally denied that she is Latina.

This brings me to Jessica Alba.

Although Jessica is most certainly Latina, she refuses to be seen as such. In the past she has said, “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.”

I can understand why Alba’s grandfather wanted to forget his Mexican roots. United States wasn’t the place it is now, and Latinos were much more oppressed than they are now. However, I do not see this same logic for Jessica Alba. She is a successful woman, and the audience would pretty much accept anything about her. Additionally, speaking of her having “cut loose” of her roots just makes me sad. Here is a woman who has achieved so much, and yet Latinas cannot look up to her because she does not identify with us.

It is a shame that young Latinas cannot see Jessica Alba as an example of how great it is to be Latina, because Alba just will not recognize her roots. I’m just glad that not every famous Latina feels this way, and to end in a more positive note, here is a video of Selena, who is without a doubt a great example to lead a life by, even if her life was cut short.

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