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Lupita Nyong’o Ruffles Feathers By Saying She is Not Just Kenyan; She Is “Mexican-Kenyan”

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Lupita Nyong’o Ruffles Feathers By Saying She is Not Just Kenyan; She Is “Mexican-Kenyan”

Lupita Nyong’o Ruffles Feathers By Saying She is Not Just Kenyan; She Is “Mexican-Kenyan”

Excerpt: Naturally Moi

Lupita Nyong’o, fresh off the set of the 7th installment of Star Wars, was recently interviewed along with her “The Force Awakens” co-star Oscar Isaac.

What caught many people off guard – and a little more than surprised – was that not only was the interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos, but that the interview was conducted in Spanish.

That’s right, not a lot of people know about Nyong’o’s Latin Roots: she was born in Mexico City to Kenyan Parents. She returned to Kenya where she grew up, and returned to Mexico at 16 and now identifies herself as a Mexican-Kenyan.

“I’m Mexican and Kenyan at the same time. I’ve seen the quarrels over my nationality, but I’m Kenyan and Mexican at the same time. So again, I am Mexican-Kenyan and I am fascinated by carne asada tacos,” she said.

A common misconception is that all Latinos are white and that no other person of color can be construed as such. 

Mexico has also just released its new Census form which will now give official recognition to its 1.38 million “Afro” Mexicans who have been fighting for inclusion as a way to fight back against discrimination and erasure – a form of genocide that comes with Western influence and colonialism.

People that can’t accept Lupita’s roots claim that she can’t be called a Mexican because she was one “by accident” or because it wasn’t enough that she had only lived in Mexico for a few months.

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