Monday, April 14, 2008

One-drop wonder

Is there or is there not something creepy about "outing" celebrities as ethnicities that make up 1/8 of their ancestry? Does a Mexican great-grandmother make a person "Latina"? Or, more to the point, if one fails to own up loudly to said forbearer, is one a self-hating Latina? Or is it more offensive to say, of one's tiny bit of Mexican heritage, "that’s probably where I get my fire!"

2 comments:

Little Jezebel said...

Don't you have to go further back than that, and say you're descendant to a Portuguese immigrant?

Withywindle said...

I get my German Jewishness from my grandmother who was born in Guatemala. This is because the world is complicated.