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A few weeks ago, a beautiful Afro-Latina, named Amara La Negra, went viral after a producer of the name of...

A few weeks ago, a beautiful Afro-Latina, named Amara La Negra, went viral after a producer of the name of Young Hollywood made many ignorant comments regarding her race and her culture. For him, in short, she is overbearingly exposing her blackness and, according to him, she needs to tone down her blackness in order to be elegant. On top of that, recently, Amara  went to the Breakfast club where she was expressing her struggles as an Afro-Latina; people often told her she is too Black, not Latina enough, her hair is to nappy, just to name a few comments she has received. Seeing all this play out on social media, I noticed people had two reactions: either people were surprised of this behavior because "they never thought that in 2018 people would still be so ignorant" or people would just say to stop complaining, everybody has struggles and that if we didn't see color, everything would be fine. Both of these reactions completely confused me.

 

Hear me out, for black women and minorities in general, these issues have been our everyday life since we were born; feeling invalid and unheard isn't new to us. But thanks to the media, people like Amara La Negra, Lupita Nyong'o, Tarana Burke, Colin Kaerpernick and much more can be the voice of the unheard and unseen by using their platform. Seeing two men of minority groups, dismiss her struggles was unsurprising to me because it is the daily life of so many people that are at the bottom of the social spectrum. The fact that they felt as if her struggles were invalid because of the fact that she is already known really disgusted me for the simple fact that it feeds the white supremacy narrative which is an agenda that has been used as a way to shut down minorities from speaking up on their issues.

When you decide that someone struggles is in their head because you cannot relate to it, quite honestly I don't know what else it makes you than a perpetrator of white supremacy and yes, you CAN be a perpetrator of white supremacy whilst being a minority. Remember that the same stereotypes that are oppressing her are the same ones that are rooted from white supremacy and euro-centrist standards of beauty that are destroying communities of color.

I believe everyone has the right to be heard and seen and using your platform, no matter how small you think it is makes a difference. Even, if you feel like your struggles are the worst, guess what it's not! Make an effort to acknowledge your privilege, listen to what others have to say, and act accordingly. 

I am aware that Amara's struggles are not the only that exist, people in the LGBTQ+ community, black men, Asians, Latinos etc. are suffering from struggles as well but I have learned a lot from her story and I think a lot of people can take something out of it as well.