But no, white latinos, we are not all the same, we are not all one race. I dissect it, minimize it, make an easy-to-digest travel brochure for my identity. I may as well have been a chemically constructed liquid, something she could purchase in a bottle or spray on herself at the beach. Showing off the freckles. I am this color because of love and because of rage and the undefinable colors that exist between them. I remember welcoming comparisons to caramel, spices, Eva Mendes. To say that is erasure, problematic and damaging.
W hat exactly does being a light-skinned Latina mean for me?
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I will be asked if I can spell or speak English. But no, white latinos, we are not all the same, we are not all one race. I grew up telling people I was European in an attempt to get white kids to consider me one of them and to stop bullying me. I grew up with being angry anytime my grandfather would call me his negrita chiquita because I didnt consider myself, nor realized I was dark at all. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. I was just a nice tan. And then, I can also be not dark enough — there are white people who brag about being able to get darker than me.