Cardi B Defends Her Blackness After Being Compared to Gina Rodriguez


Gina Rodriguez got some serious heat earlier this week for posting a short video clip on her Instagram Story of her dropping the N-word while singing “Ready or Not” by the Fugees. The backlash lead to a deeper dialogue on the problematic issue surrounding non-Black Latinos feeling this sense of entitlement when it comes to claiming and using the word. But the latest news proves that folks are still not getting it. Cardi B has found herself once again defending her blackness after being compared to Gina Rodriguez for using the N-word in her song lyrics.

Apparently there are a lot of folks out there that still don’t understand or believe that Cardi B is black. Quite a few took to Twitter questioning why the rapper gets a pass for saying the N-word if Rodriguez can’t. Some people even went as far as claiming that Cardi isn’t black and doesn’t act like a black woman.

 

She quickly got on Twitter and intervened.

“How do you act like a black woman? How do black women act?” she tweeted.

Cardi B is a Dominican Trinidadian woman from the Bronx who has always identified as a black woman and has embraced black culture and yet her identity is constantly questioned. Last year, Azealia Banks referred to Cardi as a “caricature of a black woman.” And since she hit stardom, Cardi has expressed her frustration with those who try to diminish her blackness.

This summer Cardi sat with actress Zendaya for a profile in the CR Fashion Book, where she spoke about her career success as well as her frustration with the world still questioning her blackness.

Some people want to decide if you’re black or not, depending on your skin complexion, because they don’t understand Caribbean people or our culture. I feel like people need to understand or get a passport and travel. I don’t got to tell you that I’m black. I expect you to know it,” she said.

She explains that her father broke down for her when she was younger how the triangular slave trade led to the great African diaspora that has influenced Latin American and Caribbean culture.

“Just like everybody else, we came over here the same f*cking way. I hate when people try to take my roots from me. Because we know that there’s African roots inside of us. I really just want people to understand that the color that I have and features that I have are not from two white people f*cking.”

The fact that Cardi’s blackness is constantly questioned because she’s a Latina woman with olive skin who speaks Spanish, brings to surface the fact that people still can’t seem to wrap their heads around Afro-Latinx identity. As visible as the Afro-Latinx community is finally becoming, the confusion around blackness and Latinx identity continues. Outside of folks not understanding Latin America’s slave trade history, this confusion around Afro-Latinx identity is in part is due to the fact that there are still Latinx folks who are still very unaccepting of Afro-Latinx history and still contribute to the “mejorar la raza” mindset so many of us were conditioned to embrace.

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