What I find incredulous is growing up to an afro Puerto rican parent and a mixed parent, ricans seem to think ALL Puerto ricans look like jlo and would ask if im Dominican or mixed. But then they neither spoke spanish nor knew PR history/culture.
The sad part about it is that I think that the media plays a huge part in that. Have you seen JLo’s commercial for L’Oreal TrueMatch?
They attribute her light skin to her being Puerto Rican. While that *might* be true, I think it sets an unrealistic expectation for other Puerto Ricans, and sets unrealistic standard that they can’t reach because they aren’t her complexion. Every time I see this commercial, it makes me cringe because I feel like it completely erases Blackness from the Puerto Rican identity. A lot of people don’t know that Puerto Ricans’ skin complexions can range from milky white to coffee bean brown. I find this commercial very problematic because a lot of Puerto Ricans that I have encountered that are JLo’s complexion shit on Puerto Ricans that are darker than them, but it’s not only them that do it. In 7th grade, a Dominican girl told me that I was “too dark to be Puerto Rican” because I didn’t look like JLo. Afroboricuas don’t get enough shine.
And someone told me JLo can’t speak Spanish, but I’m not sure if that’s true or not.