The last time this occurred I shared some of the hurtful comments Alba has made regarding being a Latina.
Understand please, I recognize that Alba has no obligation to identify herself as a Latina. She has every right to dismiss ethnicity altogether, identify only with her white European roots, or simply define herself as American. I find it sad to think she, anyone, might feel no sense of pride in their heritage but it is not necessarily “wrong”.
What I do find cause to criticize is what her comments have repeatedly implied. Why has someone who has twice posed on the cover of a magazine that celebrates Latin heritage chosen to make comments which denote a need to pull away from or hide that very heritage as though it is something “less than”?
When I have daughters I want them to be proud of their roots; to know they are rich in tradition and culture. There is a mixed message when they pick up a magazine celebrating that and the woman on the cover is espousing the opposite (intentionally or not).
Is she truly embarrassed, ashamed, or simply disconnected? If so, why does she keep coming back to Latin media outlets? Is this a promotional ploy?
Maybe she has matured and as a mother is now seeing the need to connect with Latino culture but the fact is she has a history of distancing herself and making comments that show a lack of pride and a sense of judgment for Latinos.
It can be a struggle to be Latino in the Unites States; particularly a Mexican-American during a time of heated political debate surrounding issues like immigration. Our country has grown yet we are still battling racism and prejudice. It would be a shame to think someone might be made to feel ashamed of their heritage as a result. We’ve truly lost if we’ve come to see success as being able to say “I have finally cut loose” from my roots.
if she is going to continue utilizing, and benefiting from, Latin media I think it would mean a great deal from our community to hear her finally address her past comments. I don’t mean a sound-bite or a flippant red-carpet comment. Let’s hear a real discussion on heritage. Help us understand, Alba.