Fans Are Calling Out Evelyn Lozada And Her Past Comments On Blackness After She Identifies As Afro-Latina
“Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada has long denied she was Black, but her recent identification as Afro-Latina is causing quite a stir. While Lozada is Afro-Latina, a lot of the outrage expressed toward her is warranted. She has established herself as hostile toward her Black costars, used anti-Black remarks, and has proven to be racist toward Asian Americans as well.
Many fans believe Lozada is using her newfound identity as an Afro-Latina to deflect criticism about her anti-Blackness. It is hard to disagree with them. Being Black and being anti-Black are not mutually exclusive. Although, there is a particularly hurtful form of anti-Blackness that goes undiscussed and unchecked in Latino cultures. This is when self-hatred and historical erasure manifests in the form of denial. Anyone who has been called a morena in a certain tone probably knows what I am talking about.
Evelyn Lozada says she identifies as Afro-Latina.
While sitting down with Justin Sylvester for an interview on E! News’ “Just the Sip,” she said after conducting a DNA test she considers herself Afro-Puerto Rican.
“I consider myself Afro-Latina. I have backtracked my roots so I know where I come from,” she said. “I know I have a little bit of everything.”
Lozada says she was hurt when a “Basketball Wives” costar questioned her Blackness.
“It’s funny because, on this season, somebody was like, ‘B—h you think you Black!’ I’ve never had anybody tell me that. I was so offended because I didn’t know what that meant. I’m like, ‘I think I’m Black? I grew up in New York!’ I know where I come from. I’ve done DNA tests just to know. But I want to be able to tap into that more,” Lozada said on the program. “I’m proud to be Puerto Rican and from New York and Afro-Latina and all that good stuff.”
Not everyone is buying that Lozada is sincere.
Fans of the show took to Twitter because they felt like Lozada was only identifying as Afro-Latina to deflect from previous anti-Black comments and hostility towards her darker-skinned costars. They didn’t have to look very hard to unearth tweets where Lozada stated she was not Black with angry emojis.
Fans are trying to figure out what she means with her latest revelation.
“You ladies are far too ignorant. You pick on your cast mate’s appearances or the way they dress, not to forget all the age shaming. You only identifying as Afro Latino since you’ve been called out for your colorist antics,” one user wrote.
The screenshot of Lozada’s tweet, granted from nine years ago, stated she was 100 percent Puerto Rican with regards to her race — I guess it took her those nine years to figure out what “race” means.
For others, they see through this claim after her public anti-Black comments.
Lozada began to receive criticism about her treatment of other Black co-stars, her use of the N-word, and her hostility toward OG Chijindu. Lozada posted and deleted a message on Instagram Stories where she compared OG to an ape. Lozada’s comments did not end with anti-Blackness she also made anti-Asian comments toward CeCe Gutierrez, sparking a petition to have her fired from the show.
It’s all a little too convenient for Lozada, isn’t it?
Many Latinos struggle to identify as Black because well, Latinos can be anti-Black thanks to colonialism. Our history isn’t exactly taught truthfully to us partly because racial identities in the United States can be confusing and lacking in nuance.
Moreover, “Black” alone doesn’t capture the complexities of any Black person – which is why we identify as Afro-Latino to explain away the cultural differences between Black Latinos and non-Latinos. It’s a way of acknowledging that we are a part of the African diaspora while also recognizing that our histories splinter and deviate from one another, even if they run parallel. A Nigerian, a Latino, and an African-American walk into a bar… and they each have different experiences of Blackness, imagine that.
Your ignorance cannot excuse anti-Blackness — no one should be anti-Black, period or anti-Asian for that matter — even if it can explain why you did not immediately identify as Black. Moreover, one cannot expect other black folks to not express anger or confusion when they see a Black person not identifying as Black. Whether it is done out of ignorance or not, it is hurtful.
However, Lozada’s Afro-Latinx identification is a little too convenient, isn’t it? She starts identifying as Black seemingly as an excuse to not appear racist. That’s wack. You don’t get to use your Black identity as a tool to deflect criticism, that is cruel, offensive, and quite frankly, self-hatred. I certainly hope that her identity journey goes beyond a DNA test and into some books.
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