Haters Have Been Coming For Cardi B For Her Latinidad And She Clapped Back In Instagram Video
Cardi B is in the news…a lot. Whether she’s releasing new music, talking about her plastic surgery, kid, or mounting legal problems, it seems like every day we get a new headline about the rapper.
And this time isn’t any different.
But the “Press” singer is in the news today because she had a few choice words for people who are questioning her identity.
Cardi B had some serious words for people who say she can’t be both black and speak Spanish.
Cardi B has faced a lot of criticism from listeners since she first rose to fame with “Bodak Yellow.” Now apparently, people are coming for her because she speaks Spanish but identifies as Black.
The rapper was giving on her favorite social media platform, Instagram giving a live session. In it, she talked about how she’s mistaken for Mexican because she speaks Spanish. “I’m not Mexican at all. I’m West Indian and I’m Dominican. I speak Spanish because I’m Dominican,” Cardi explained. “And it’s like, ‘So what’s the difference between Dominican and Mexican?’ And it’s like, everything!” And she’s totally right.
From there she circled back to the assumption that she’s not black.
“People just don’t be understanding shit. It’s like, ‘Cardi’s Latin, she’s not Black.’ And it’s like, ‘Bro, my features don’t come from…white people f*cking, OK?’ And they always wanna race-bait when it comes to me…I have Afro features,” she continued. “‘Oh, but your parents are light-skinned’ – alright, but my grandparents aren’t.”
She added that a lot of other artists haven’t faced the same criticism due to the darker complexion of their skin. “It’s crazy because some island women, some artists that are from the same islands as me, people will be like, ‘Oh they’re Black,'” she said. “But because Cardi speaks Spanish to people, she’s not Black, even though we have similar features, same skin complexion. But no, they want to not put Cardi in it because I speak Spanish.”
Also, don’t people get that people other than Mexicans also speak Spanish…?
Like seriously, from Spain to the Philippines, parts of Africa, and nearly all of Latin America and much of the Caribbean – Spanish is the third most widely spoken language in the world. Obviously, it’s going to encompass a wide array of cultures, identities, and communities.
Some on Twitter were obviously in need of a history lesson.
When Africans were shipped across the Atlantic Ocean like cargo, they were taken all over the Americas. Yes, most ended up in the British colonies of the present-day United States but many were taken to Spanish-speaking colonies, especially in the Caribbean.
Quite a few people tried laying out the facts right there on Twitter.
Read: Speaking Spanish doesn’t make a person not Black.
To many, the argument got personal.
Is anyone gonna go tell this person’s abuelo that he isn’t black just because he speaks Spanish…? Nope? Didn’t think so.
But a lot of people came out on Twitter standing by those who say she can’t identify as Black.
For many, it’s about identity and the struggles that the African-American community has gone through.
While at least one Twitter user summed it up like this:
We’re all Black. And not many people seemed to disagree with them – unless of course it meant Cardi B is Black too.