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Some Latinos Expressed Racist Comments Over Miss Puerto Rico Losing Miss Universe Crown To Miss South Africa

Whenever pageants first began, the winners have typically been white and blonde. Societal beauty standards have only recently begun to change slightly favoring women of different body sizes and skin colors. That is why it’s so incredibly powerful and refreshing (not to mention historic) to see the top pageant crowns bestowed upon Black women. However, not everyone is accepting of this new, more inclusive pageant world. 

On Saturday, Toni-Ann Singh, Miss Jamaica, won the Miss World pageant. The week before that Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, won the title of Miss Universe meaning that the five top pageant titles belong to Black women.

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This historic trend began to take shape earlier this year when Miss USA Chelsie Kryst, Miss Teen USA Kaleigh Garris, and Miss America Nia Franklin won their respective pageants, putting a much-needed cultural shift on the center stage. 

After her win, Singh tweeted, “To that little girl in St. Thomas, Jamaica and all the girls around the world – please believe in yourself. Please know that you are worthy and capable of achieving your dreams. This crown is not mine, but yours. You have a PURPOSE.”

However, last week when Miss South Africa, Zozibini Tunzi, won the title of Miss Universe against the runner up, Miss Puerto Rico, some Latinos showed their true racist colors.

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Some Latinos on social media were clearly cheering on Miss Puerto Rico, Madison Anderson, and expressed some racist and mean comments after she lost. 

The firestorm began when the women were asked the final question by host Steve Harvey. 

They were asked, “What is the most important thing we should teach young girls today?” Anderson gave a pretty mediocre response, saying, “In a world where many people wear masks, it’s such a beautiful thing to see an authentic soul.” 

Tunzi’s response, in comparison, was beautiful and eloquently stated. 

“I think one of the most important things we should be teaching young girls today is leadership,” she said. “It’s something that has been lacking in young girls and women for a very long time – not because we don’t want to, but because of what society has labeled women to be. I think we are the most powerful beings in the world, and that we should be given every opportunity. And that is what we should be teaching these young girls – to take up space. Nothing as important as taking up space in society.” 

That response ended up winning her the crown. 

One of those that didn’t like that Tunzi won over Anderson was journalist Maria Celeste.

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Celeste said on her show “Al Rojo Vivo,” according to Noticel, that when it comes down to it, these pageants should remain beauty pageants and not based on a contestant’s IQ level. Celeste tried to back peddle on her Instagram page by saying, “Great job Miss Puerto Rico – you were my candidate, but the jury’s composition always plays an important role in the final result, and without a doubt, the new Miss Universe is very pretty too.”

Yamilet González, a House of Representatives candidate for the pro-statehood New Progressive Party in Puerto Rico, also said negative things about Tunzi.

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In a video post on social media, González was speaking to a man about the pageant and said, among other disrespectful things, Tunzi shouldn’t have been a part of the show because of her looks. 

Jose Pastrana, a Supervisor de Zona de Educación Especial in Puerto Rico is also coming under fire for his racist comments against Tunzi that he posted on Facebook.

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The Department of Education in Puerto Rico is investigating Pastrana’s comments. They released the statement saying, “The expressions made through personal social networks and after hours of work of the employee José Pastrana do not represent at all the values and principles that we instill through the Department of Education.” 

A feminist organization that fights against anti-Black violence said the type of racism we’re seeing in the aftermath of Miss Puerto Rico losing to a Black woman is a racism that exists every day on the island and everywhere.

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“There is nothing like a Miss Universe pageant to uncover the disgusting racism that is lived in Puerto Rico on a daily basis. We are just returning home and we encounter racial hatred and anti-black violence. From this we will continue to express ourselves later but, for now, we want to show our repudiation, anger, and outrage at the barbarities, insults and extreme violence that have been expressed by social networks. That violence IS THE SAME as Trump’s.”

READ: The Miss Universe Pageant Featured Its First Openly Lesbian Contestant And Crowned Miss South Africa The Winner

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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Amy Coney Barrett Has Refused To Acknowledge That Systematic Racism Exists

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We know LGBTQ rights, birth control, and race are under threat as Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. We know that that conservative judge has been evasive in answering comments about her beliefs which, if appointed, would steer her in making fundamental decisions that could affect American citizens’ lives for decades. Still, though we knew things are bound to go sideways as most things under the Trump administration have, we didn’t realize that an educated woman living in today’s world would refuse to acknowledge a basic societal fact: that “systemic racism” exists in the United States.

In written responses submitted Tuesday night, Barrett repeated her refusal to say whether “systemic racism” exists in our country.

After Sen. Mazie Hirono, Democrat of Hawaii asked her to explain her view of the existence of “systemic racism” in the United States, Barret refused the opportunity to acknowledge its existence.

“At the hearing, you acknowledged that racism persists in our country, but you refused to answer where there is systemic racism, calling it a ‘policy question.’ You also refused to answer other questions based on your view that they are ‘policy questions,’” Hirono wrote in his questions. “What makes a statement a policy question rather than a question of fact?”

“I believe that racism persists in our country, but as I explained at the hearing, whether there is ‘systemic racism’ is a public policy question of substantial controversy, as evidenced by the disagreement among senators on this very question during the hearing,” Barrett replied. “As a sitting judge and judicial nominee, it would be inappropriate for me to offer an opinion on the matter.”

Barrett’s approach to the question is not totally uncommon. Previous Supreme Court nominees have avoided answering questions concerning precedent. Barrett clung to the approach during her confirmation hearing last week while sitting before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barrett used this as a standard and repeatedly cited it as a reason for dodging questions.

Systemic racism exists within our country without question.

It persists in our academic settings, workplaces, as well as in our court and judicial system. The fact is that when a certain group dominates a majority of positions of decision-making power, others struggle to exist and get by let alone get ahead. For generations and right now, white people have been the dominating group with decision-making power and people of color have suffered as a result. Acknowledgment is a vital part of making this change. Particularly from our leaders.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Barrett’s confirmation on Thursday afternoon.

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JLo Is In Hot Water For Her Lyrics In New Song With Maluma After She Calls Herself ‘La Negrita’

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JLo Is In Hot Water For Her Lyrics In New Song With Maluma After She Calls Herself ‘La Negrita’

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One of the few highlights we’ve had amid this unprecedented year of trauma has been the music industry. From Maluma and Cardi B to Bad Bunny’s surprise albums, we’ve been blessed with some of the best songs ever. Plain and simple.

Despite the global pandemic, many singers have managed to stay busy and put out new tracks. Maluma and Jennifer Lopez are no different as the duo are working on music for their upcoming movie project, Marry Me.

However, the one of the tracks from the upcoming film isn’t getting the type of reception that JLo had likely counted on.

Jennifer Lopez is facing criticism for calling herself a “Little Black girl from the Bronx” in her new track with Maluma.

Despite the pandemic putting the breaks on so many aspects of the entertainment industry, Jennifer Lopez has managed to keep herself busy with new projects. One of her most hyped projects has got to be her collaboration with Maluma on the upcoming film, Marry Me.

In anticipation of the film’s release on Valentine’s Day 2021, the pair have released two new tracks that will also be in the movie’s soundtrack. However, the most recently released song, “Lonely,” isn’t getting the attention that neither JLo or Maluma had likely hoped for.

In the lyrics for the song, which JLo sings with Maluma, Lopez sings “yo siempre seré tu negrita del Bronx” (I’ll always be your Black girl from the Bronx). Obviously, that lyric is causing loads of controversy and fans and critics alike are letting Lopez know they’re out OK with it.

Many are taking issue with the lyrics because “Jenny From The Block” has never really claimed or referenced herself as Black in the past. So why now? And why use an outdated term that’s incredible insensitive to the Afro-Latinx community.

Negrita is a questionable Spanish term that should definitely be phased out amid Spanish-speakers.

Many people are taking issue with the lyrics because they include the controversial term negrita, which is really an outdated Spanish-language term that’s often used as a term of endearment to describe people who are dark-skinned.

It’s a common nickname among Spanish-speakers but it should be phased out of the Spanish language as it’s extremely insensitive to Afro-Latinos.

Both fans and critics have called out Lopez on Twitter.

Fans were obviously confused as to why Jennifer would describe herself as ‘Black’. 

‘Maybe if she said brown girl she coulda gotten away with it,’ one fan said.  Another commented on social media: ‘This is so insulting as an actual black woman.’ 

‘I heard the song and I was like “what she just say? Rewind that. cause she definitely not Afro Latina,’ one fan said. 

However, many others from the Latina community weighed in to explain that while the translation of ‘negrita’ literally means ‘black girl’, it’s not used in that sense. 

‘If your hispanic or latino you know what she means. yes it sounds weird asf the literal translation but that’s not what she means,’ one fan explained.  They continued: ‘As far as I know it’s like a term of endearment for darker complexion within the community. I think she should have not used it being that not everyone would get it and in my opinion her skin isn’t even considered dark. Plus with the times we are in like let’s do better.”

This isn’t the first time the singer has come under fire for insensitive actions around race.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time that Jennifer Lopez has been called out for appropriating Black culture, but this is the first time that she’s facing such a major backlash.

Jennifer Lopez has proudly claimed her identity as a Puerto Rican woman but she’s never claimed Black ancestry or self-identified as an Afro-Latina – so her use of the term is troubling.

In the 2001 hit remix of “I’m Real” with Ja Rule and Ashanti, JLo sang along to the N-word slur and faced a similar backlash then. She ended up going on The Today Show to claim that the lyrics were written by Ja Rule and were “not meant to be hurtful to anybody.” She went on to say that “for anyone to think or suggest that I’m racist is really absurd and hateful to me.”

Then there was the whole debacle from this year’s Super Bowl halftime show (which feels like a lifetime ago!) when many criticized her and Shakira for performing for a franchise that didn’t support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Hopefully, this incident on JLo’s part will bring with it a discussion about the term negrita and we can finally eliminate it as a ‘playful nickname’ in the Spanish-speaking community.

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