Self Hate or Getting it Straight?

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First Tiger Woods and “Cablanasian”, now Jessica Alba makes an effort to dissassociate herself with being Latina. Race is a pretty complicated and emotional topic for many Americans, so I’m interested in hearing what people think about the following comments made by Alba:

“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.”

I dunno…sounds a lil’ like self hate to me! You be the judge…


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