Cardi B has responded to trolls who have been criticizing the Bronx rapper over her racial identity. Cardi B has been blasted in the past for her use of the “n-word” because of her skin tone and the fact that she is a Latina woman. Well, Cardi B isn’t having any of that, and recently took to Instagram Live to clear the air.
The rapper responded to comments that she is “Mexican” because of she is fluent in Spanish while also shedding some light on a double standard that has emerged in the industry with other Latinx and Carribean artists who have a similar skin tone.
Cardi B is the daughter of a mother from Trinidad and a father from the Dominican Republic.
“I’m not Mexican at all. I’m West Indian and I’m Dominican. I speak Spanish because I’m Dominican,” Cardi added. “And it’s like, ‘So what’s the difference between Dominican and Mexican?’ And it’s like, everything!” From there she circled back to the assumption that she’s not black.
“People just don’t be understanding shit. It’s like, ‘Cardi’s Latin, she’s not Black.’ And it’s like, ‘Bro, my features don’t come from…white people fucking, OK?’ And they always wanna race-bait when it comes to me…I have Afro features,” she continued. “‘Oh, but your parents are light-skinned’—alright, but my grandparents aren’t. It’s crazy because some island women, some artists that are from the same islands as me, people will be like, ‘Oh they’re Black.’
“But because Cardi speaks Spanish to people, she’s not Black, even though we have similar features, same skin complexion. But no, they want to not put Cardi in it because I speak Spanish.”
You can listen to Cardi B’s full comments below.