Hope u don’t mind but u seem super nice AND you're America, I have a feeling I can ask you this. There’s something I don’t understand. Sometimes I hear people say Barisi are an interracial ship. Of course Barba’s ethnicity is Hispanic/Latino. But. His *race* is white, right? Can u explain, please? Thanks - Confused Non-American (PS: Of course he might be black/white mixed, Cuba's always been a kind of a melting pot. In that case it probably would make sense to call Barisi interracial? Idk.)
First, I’d like to thank you for thinking so highly of me that you’d think to come to me with such a thoughtful* question as this. And yes, I hear and think that Barisi is an interracial relationship, but at first I wasn’t sure I could explain it without missing some details due to the fact that I am not Latina myself. So I brought the question to my roommate, who is herself a fair-skinned Latina, and she had the perfect response.
(she never fails to bring clarity to things like this for me??? bless her honestly)
It has to do with the fact that Latinx people are (regardless of the color of their skin and at least in the United States), sociologically considered a marginalized minority/identity or person of color, as my roommate says:
“…Latinos are people of color. The Latino community (including, Central/South America and the Caribbean) is super duper diverse in color so we have every skin spectrum imaginable. However, Latinos are considered people of color and the term people of color refers their status as a minority. Fair-skinned Latinos like myself and my family are people of color. Period. Sometimes Latinos identify as white but that’s because of something else all together (i.e. census b.s., society, survival tactic, etc). Raul Esparza is a man of color. He is the son of Cuban immigrants. He is Latino. So it would be considered an interracial ship.”
I feel it’s also important to point out that, despite the appearance of their light-skin, Latinxs with light-skin do not benefit from white privilege, which adds to the reasons why Latinx people will never be “white”….
Race is a pretty murky concept, given that it’s (messily) socially constructed and mainly conjured up by Americans. A youtuber named Kat Blaque explains race pretty well in this video (x). (Just as a precaution, “white history month” was used as a satirical device within the video series that included this one).
I really hope this clears things up for you, and thank you for asking! If I’m remembering correctly, Raúl gives a really good response to this issue as well, as he was often casted into white roles. (If anyone knows where this interview is, would you mind linking it?)