Q:Do light-skinned white-looking latinos (like Selena Gomez) count as white or POC? Because as somebody who's half-Cuban, I've never felt like I'm oppressed by whites and that I still benefit from most aspects of white privilege, but never really felt totally white either. I've always gotten really mixed answers as to whether I'm white or not, and it's left me pretty confused...
Before we answer this, honestly, we’re not here to go…
“White. PoC. Black. Nah, she’s White-White like washed rice.”
We’re here only to discuss what White privilege allows you to avoid. We’re not here to attack White people for being their skin color.
So with that in mind… here’s the deal:
Are you doing things with the knowledge that at the end of the day, you’ll still feel that the color of your skin gets you through the day?
The problem with “I am passing White, but I’m still PoC” is that… which “team shirt” do they put on throughout the day? If they wear their “White pride” on 24/7 and then decided to put on the “PoC pride” when a Holiday comes up, something is wrong with that picture.
You can’t feel “totally White” if you were raised as a Cuban all your life. But being “passing White” allows you to have certain benefits that a full-blooded Cuban doesn’t.
Since this question is about “personal” feelings and identity, this is about you and what you identify with. How do you feel about it? Do you feel that you’re part of a White American Culture? No? Then you’re a PoC. You just have to realize that not everyone may look at you as one.
You’ll have more of a fight to be accepted. But don’t let us judge who you are. Don’t let anyone judge who you are.
That’s a daily battle we all have to face.