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5 Things Lupita Nyong’o Revealed About Race Relations Around the World

President Obama’s ethnicity has been the giant elephant in the room within the sphere of race relations in America. Even after he attempted to point to the obvious, saying publicly that some citizens dislike him simply because he is Black, he was immediately accused of “playing the race card,” and the elephant was promptly sent back to hide in the corner.

Politics isn’t the only medium that reveals just where America and other parts of the world stand on race. The meteoric rise of Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised actress Lupita Nyong’o can be used as another meter-stick of just how far we have come.

Here are 5 things Lupita’s presence on the big stage reminds us about race relations around the world:

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That fawning over Black excellence is rarely genuine

Lupita walked nearly every red carpet during the extensive award season that wrapped up with the Oscars last month. BuzzFeed collected Lupita’s every look for her fans to continue fawning over her beauty and fashion choices. Her speeches were lauded as “emotional,” “moving” and “inspirational.” If Lupita didn’t win the Oscar for her supporting actress role in “12 years a Slave,” a riot may well have erupted.

But not everyone is buying the Lupita-is-the-best-thing-that-happened-to-Hollywood narrative. According to conservative pundit and author, Ann Coulter, Lupita is liberal America’s latest pet project in an effort to overcome their guilt over racism. Coulter tweeted on Oscar night:

“Today’s Hollywood PC order: Gays, Blacks, Hispanics. Tomorrow: Gays, Hispanics, Blacks. Enjoy it while you can, Black America! #Oscars.”

She continued: “With ’12 Yrs Slave’ certain to win best pic, Longo award checks racism box, freeing Hispanic to win best director for “Gravity.” #Oscars”

Coulter isn’t alone in her skepticism. “One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race” author Dr. Yaba Blay told theroot.com, “I’m skeptical of all the fanfare. She’s a trained actress, and if it were all about her acting skills, I’d feel different. But now she’s been put in this fashion-beauty-icon box. I just don’t trust the mainstream, and what feels like a fetishism and exoticism in their obsession with her in this moment.”

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33 thoughts on “5 Things Lupita Nyong’o Revealed About Race Relations Around the World

  1. Lola Beanz says:

    It's unfortunate that some Blacks- whatever nationality, do not want to be Black. I have Jamaican sorors whom swear on everything that is holy that they are Jamaican and not 'Black'. Unfortunately, those of us whom act out and put on a show are used as a representation for all Blacks. However, when we are articulate, well behaved, 'attractive' (yes, I put it in quotes) we are asked: where are you from? Surely, you are not all "Black". We do it to ourselves by claiming 1/8 Chinese ancestry and 1/16 Cherokee ancestry, we do it by attempting to down play our 'blackness' to appear more socially acceptable.

    I've seen it getting worse now that there is an influx of African immigrants that would readily devalue American Blacks in order to disassociate themselves from the stigma.

  2. Lola Beanz says:

    It's unfortunate that some Blacks- whatever nationality, do not want to be Black. I have Jamaican sorors whom swear on everything that is holy that they are Jamaican and not 'Black'. Unfortunately, those of us whom act out and put on a show are used as a representation for all Blacks. However, when we are articulate, well behaved, 'attractive' (yes, I put it in quotes) we are asked: where are you from? Surely, you are not all "Black". We do it to ourselves by claiming 1/8 Chinese ancestry and 1/16 Cherokee ancestry, we do it by attempting to down play our 'blackness' to appear more socially acceptable.

    I've seen it getting worse now that there is an influx of African immigrants that would readily devalue American Blacks in order to disassociate themselves from the stigma.

  3. In American, it is important to note that conservatives are labeled the race haters when we are anything but. Can she act? Then she should have won. Was "12 Years" the best movie? Then it should have won. HOLLYWOOD is the biggest race baiter and women haters in the country. This is why it pats itself on the back so when it "gets it right" or whatever that means. Stop with the white guilt/anti-American bashing and treat people as the individuals they are. Then we can all move on. The Hollywood and liberal elitists are bringing down the curve for everyone.

  4. In American, it is important to note that conservatives are labeled the race haters when we are anything but. Can she act? Then she should have won. Was "12 Years" the best movie? Then it should have won. HOLLYWOOD is the biggest race baiter and women haters in the country. This is why it pats itself on the back so when it "gets it right" or whatever that means. Stop with the white guilt/anti-American bashing and treat people as the individuals they are. Then we can all move on. The Hollywood and liberal elitists are bringing down the curve for everyone.

  5. black is beautiful

  6. black is beautiful

  7. Rob Alexander says:

    The idea of "black" "being black" and "acting black is something that is only done in America. If you travel to any other country in the world outside of Africa where they have a large population of people of African descent aka black people they will tell you they are Brazilian, French, British,Dominican, or Puerto Rican ect. A lot of people with out skin color like Lupita don't find out they are black until they come to America. What does that tell you ? Yes it is important to embrace our African heritage, skin color, and for Americans of African descent to keep the culture alive. But we will never get anywhere in America if we keep separating ourselves from society and not fighting to change how we look in the media. A lot of times we cause our own cases of racism and blaming "the white man" for our suffering communities and not doing anything about it

  8. Rob Alexander says:

    The idea of "black" "being black" and "acting black is something that is only done in America. If you travel to any other country in the world outside of Africa where they have a large population of people of African descent aka black people they will tell you they are Brazilian, French, British,Dominican, or Puerto Rican ect. A lot of people with out skin color like Lupita don't find out they are black until they come to America. What does that tell you ? Yes it is important to embrace our African heritage, skin color, and for Americans of African descent to keep the culture alive. But we will never get anywhere in America if we keep separating ourselves from society and not fighting to change how we look in the media. A lot of times we cause our own cases of racism and blaming "the white man" for our suffering communities and not doing anything about it

  9. Rob Alexander says:

    Our *

  10. Rob Alexander says:

    Our *

  11. Jeff Barron says:

    You are absolutely correct my sister….I wish more African-Americans would start paying attention to your exact statement because if not we are doomed.

  12. Jeff Barron says:

    You are absolutely correct my sister….I wish more African-Americans would start paying attention to your exact statement because if not we are doomed.

  13. Jeff Barron says:

    You are absolutely correct my sister….I wish more African-Americans would start paying attention to your exact statement because if not we are doomed.

  14. Van N Tran says:

    all human beings come from Africa

  15. Van N Tran says:

    all human beings come from Africa

  16. Lola Beanz says:

    Jeff Barron thank you very much!

  17. Lola Beanz says:

    Jeff Barron thank you very much!

  18. That sister shouldn't talk black she is a total sale out

  19. That sister shouldn't talk black she is a total sale out

  20. ShaRall Willis says:

    You have no Idea what you are taking about. There are Black Consciousness movement in the Philippines, Brazil, Australia, Puerto Rico and every other country you mentioned in your comment. Do some research before you write such drivel. The problem is not our recognition of our Blackness but world wide White supremacy and White skin privilege and all the psychological damage it has wrought around the planet.

  21. ShaRall Willis says:

    You have no Idea what you are taking about. There are Black Consciousness movement in the Philippines, Brazil, Australia, Puerto Rico and every other country you mentioned in your comment. Do some research before you write such drivel. The problem is not our recognition of our Blackness but world wide White supremacy and White skin privilege and all the psychological damage it has wrought around the planet.

  22. ShaRall Willis says:

    That's why all the Dixiecrats and White separatist of the Democratic party left and joined the Republican party in the last 1960s and early 70s. To get away from the racist liberals. Oh, I see.

  23. ShaRall Willis says:

    That's why all the Dixiecrats and White separatist of the Democratic party left and joined the Republican party in the last 1960s and early 70s. To get away from the racist liberals. Oh, I see.

  24. Alexander Omoniyi Ajayi says:

    Ethnic pride should manifest naturally in all shades of blackness, not in arrogant posturing, but through self help, education, entrepreneurship, and all forms of positive human endeavor. That will raise consciuoness more than anything else.

  25. Alexander Omoniyi Ajayi says:

    Ethnic pride should manifest naturally in all shades of blackness, not in arrogant posturing, but through self help, education, entrepreneurship, and all forms of positive human endeavor. That will raise consciuoness more than anything else.

  26. as 'they' have said for years..right? 'one drop of oil can't taint water'. that one drop is Nagar (Negroid) blood. #RETURNTOYOUROWN

  27. as 'they' have said for years..right? 'one drop of oil can't taint water'. that one drop is Nagar (Negroid) blood. #RETURNTOYOUROWN

  28. Papyllion Nu says:

    coulter= typical bitter redneck with a degree

  29. Papyllion Nu says:

    coulter= typical bitter redneck with a degree

  30. Bwire Vincent says:

    I agree with the Jamaicans; Black is a label that is intended to keep a race down.
    It's exactly why you are treated as second class citizens in a country your founding fathers single handedly built through blood, sweat and tears. I suggest that you start seeing yourself as American, not 'Black' American and definitely not 'African' American ( American of African descent, maybe). Accepting any label in your Americanism is accepting a second class status in your own country!

  31. Bwire Vincent says:

    "Unfortunately, Lupita did not understand that she learned to devalue her dark skin while in Kenya and Mexico…"

    "…because white supremacist ideologies, spread via slavery, colonialism and all forms of media, negatively impacted Black people worldwide including in her native Kenya…"

    "…she only saw pale-skin people on her television screen in Kenya…"

    Obviously the writer doesn't know what she/he is writing about.

    Lupita was born and grew up in Mexico, a country that is openly racist (try watching any of the few shows/movies in which a Mexican of African descent is lucky enough to be cast in, if you don't believe me). The writer needs to travel to Africa ( any country), come back and rewrite this article. Dragging an African country into this blame game only tells me that the writer is one of those idiots who bought into the "Africans enslaved fellow Africans" bullshit.

  32. Princess Plant says:

    Thank you Bwire Vincent Kujichaglia.
    ..

  33. Fashun Wayne Davey says:

    I don't mind saying I'm "black" because black is African and once you know and love who you are….they are very afraid… Black is powerful!!

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