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Being a Afro-Latina
I usually make funny cards, but this one is kinda serious and a sensitive topic. I thought I might make a card speaking about my experience of not looking like your "stereotypical" Latina.... I'm Afro-Latina. If you dont know what that might be continue reading.

This is just my experience on being an Afro-Latina American. This card is not intended to be rude to anyone. If race is a too taboo topic for you I would advise you not to read this card passed this point.

When most ppl think of a Latin person they tend to think of ppl who look like these ppl above. Even though these ppl are very beautiful this is not how all Latin ppl look. Latin ppl come in all shapes, colors, and sizes.

My Experience...You are what?

Background check: My mom is black my dad is Mexican and Native American. He's a darker Mexican though. When I say I'm Afro-Latina or Black-Latina I get odd looks. Sometimes ppl say stupid stuff like this... "Oh you black but you act like you Mexican right?" "Oh you just look like a black girl with long hair to me. Is that even your hair?" "Naw girl you black. Don't act like you ain't black" "Yeah, you got good hair, but you too dark to be a Latina!" WTF?

WHAT IS AFRO-LATIN AMERICAN

An Afro-Latin American (also Afro-Latino) is a Latin American person of at least partial Black African ancestry; the term may also refer to historical or cultural elements in Latin America thought to emanate from this community (Wikipedia). The above pictures are of ppl who identify as being Afro-Latino or Black Latino.

My Experience

FYI THIS ME. YASS THIS IS MY HAIR IN NATURAL STATE FLEXI RODS. P.S. YOU SHOULD TRY USING FLEXI RODS LOL. When growing I got made fun of from other kids...mostly Black and Latin kids. They would say I was adopted. They would say my dad is not my real dad. My abuela was my nanny. I was made in a race lab. I was never Black enough and I was never Latin enough. I don't speak full blown Spanish, and because I was not fluent in Spanish that really didn't make me Latin. Therefore, I would just tell ppl I was Black and ignored my father's DNA and my Latin ancestors. The world seen me as Black, so as a child and teen I identified as Black. This would help me avoid the jokes and stupid questions. However, this made me resentful. I did not come to accept myself until I was older in college and we had to write a paper about our heritage. I spoke to my abuela about our family and she told me to forget about what ppl think.

"You don't have to pick one side cuz you are blend of some of everything. If ppl don't like it f*CK em!"

KEEP IN MIND MY ABUELA IS AN OLD MEXICAN WOMAN WHO CUSS LIKE A SAILOR LOL! She's straight up gangsta lol

Now, I love it when ppl looked confused when they see me with my family and when they ask about my background.
Yass...so true for some.
I'm so happy I found this chica on youtube. You should check her out. I was happy to find someone that I could relate too.

In all I just wonder why do we have to pick one side or the other? Have you all ever experienced this or knows someone who has? COMMENT BELOW!

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@primodiva93 same here. Ppl are just stupid.
2 years agoReply
I know how you feel I had the same problem with my name 馃様
2 years agoReply
@primodiva93 @alywoah @LAVONYORK hey a friend of mine is doing a card with a theme called asked a Korean cuz she's Korean. I was thinking we could do a card called ask an Afro-Latina. I thought this would be cool since ppl are clueless about our "kind" lol. Here is their card http://www.vingle.net/posts/1473892?shsrc=v
2 years agoReply
@amobigbang I think that is an awesome idea. It would cool to something likes this and have Vinglers ask questions. I am always open not answering peeps questions.
2 years agoReply
@amobigbang yep that's the idea! Awesome!
2 years agoReply
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