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Dascha Polanco Breaks Down Why It’s Possible To Be Black AND Latino

One radio host in New York City just lately obtained schooled by “Orange is the New Black” star Dascha Polanco on the distinction between race and ethnicity.

During an interview with Power a hundred and five.B The Breakfast Club, Polanco and hosts mentioned the controversial casting of Zoe Saldana, who’s of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, because the legendary soul singer Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. But host Charlamagne Tha God turned very confused about how somebody might be each black and Latina. (Hint: Being Latino is an ethnicity during which any mixture of races can exist.)

Outcry over Saldana’s portrayal of Simone has been fixed because the casting was first introduced in 2012, however it reached a fever-pitch when the biopic’s trailer, launched earlier this month, confirmed Saldana in blackface. Polanco stated she, like lots of Simone’s followers, had considerations over using make-as much as darken Saldana’s pores and skin and wished “OITNB” co-star Uzo Aduba might’ve performed the position, as an alternative.  

But whereas discussing if an “African-American” lady ought to’ve portrayed Simone, host Angela Yee stated, “however then some individuals will say ‘properly, Dominican individuals are additionally black.'”

“I think about myself an Afro-Latina,” Polanco, who can also be Dominican, shortly answered. “We’re very black…”

Host Charlamagne Tha God interjected Polanco, asking “What’s that?” in reference to the time period Afro-Latina. But even after his fellow hosts and the actress defined it was merely a “black Latina,” Charlamagne continued to be fairly confused concerning the distinction between race and ethnicity.

“I contemplate myself to be a black lady, and I assume a whole lot of Dominicans ought to as a result of from what I see that is what we’re,” Polanco stated. 

“But why not be Dominican although?,” Charlamagne requested Polanco.

“I am Dominican,” she stated. “I say I’m Dominican.” 

“But you stated you think about your self a black lady, however why not simply be Dominican?” he asks once more, seemingly unaware you can even be black and American as a result of one is a race and the opposite a nationality.

“Because I’m from the Dominican Republic however I am a bl[ack woman]… we’re speaking about the place you are from, your nation, and also you’re speaking about race/ethnicity, proper?” she stated. “So I am Afro-Latina.”

*Mic Drop*

Watch the complete trade within the video above, beginning across the 5 minute mark.

T/T Jezebel

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