Hispanic racism at the 2016 Golden Globes

Eva Longoria and American Ferrera call out the Hispanic racism at the 2016 Golden Globes

Actresses Eva Longoria and America Ferrera made fun of what many called Hollywood’s casual racism on stage; 

“Hi, I’m Eva Longoria, not Eva Mendes,” the “Desperate Housewives” star began,
“I’m America Ferrera, not Gina Rodriguez,” Ferrera said, introducing herself. Time Magazine reported

After this incident at the golden many news reporters and media outlets gave the duo cre3dit for making humor out of a not so light situation. Many Hispanics are seen as interchangeable and “all the same” but that is obviously not the case.

The two presented an award together, and poked fun at Latina actresses being mistaken for each other — something the Hollywood Foreign Press Association itself did recently when its Twitter mistook Ferrera for “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez during the nomination announcement.

“It has caused such a macro conversation,” Longoria said during her “Telenovela” panel at NBC’s Television Critics Association winter press tour on Wednesday.

“In case you missed it, America Ferrera and Eva Longoria are here with your friendly (annual) reminder that not all people of color look alike,” commented USA Today. It said further that the actresses “threw the classiest shade at the Golden Globes…Hollywood at large, and anyone else who can’t be bothered to differentiate between brown people.”

As a Puerto Rican and Costa Rican female who lives in a society of mainly Caucasian males and females, it is normal for me to get mixed up with “the other Mexican girl” because “you guys are both Mexican right?”

Hispanics are not all the same, and more especially Mexicans and Central Americans are definitly not the same things.   Not that its the fault of those that continue to mix us up, because we do have similar traits, but they are not even trying to differentiate.

As someone of minority I understand what its like to be mixed up with “the other Mexican” and respect those of other races and I put in effort to differentiate those of the same race even if they do look alike.  I feel that Caucasians don’t have that understanding and they don’t try to be insensitive or even racist for that matter, but they have never experienced being categorized as something they are not or someone they are not.