Have you guys seen this commercial by a large cosmetics company that purports to tell the ‘story’ behind a given celebrity’s skin color?
In one spot they have a celebrity like J-Lo saying, “There’s a story behind my skin.” And there, near the bottom of the screen, flashes the phrase “100% Puerto Rican.”
Or another celebrity’s “behind the skin” story is “100% Mexican-American.”
Better yet, there is a well known singer/performer who is identified as “African-American, Native-American and French.”
Now, in the words of Oprah Winfrey- circa 1987, “Caller you say what?”
I think part of the problem is the confusion that so often accompanies terms like race, ethnicity, nationality and God knows what else.
Granted, these are all human constructs but that’s a conversation for a different day.
Anyway, I decided to touch on subjects of ethnicity and race in order to introduce a new series that will explore the experiences of a Southern family with…
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