The day my Puerto Rican identity was questioned

BeckyBoricua

Becky is a social media strategist, a key influencer in the Latin Music Industry, as well as a bilingual content creator who along with her blog, Becky Boricua, has been featured on the sites of Latina Magazine, Glamour Magazine and Vera Wang just to name a few. She has also covered several high profile events such as the Latin GRAMMYs, Premio Lo Nuestro, and the Latin American Music Awards. Becky also currently works with Latin Urban Artist Yandel as part of his social media promotions team and has been working with him since his duo days with Wisin. Becky is of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent and grew up in Los Angeles but currently resides in Miami where she offers Social Media Services as part of her business.

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12 Responses

  1. Well said Becky. I love how proud you are of both heritages: eso te hace quien eres. xoxo Enri

  2. Mitzi says:

    Girl, people never believe it when I say that I am Puerto Rican also. I was not born there but my family and my heritage is from Puerto Rico. I am constantly mistaken for being middle eastern and I have to correct people all of the time. My favorite moment was when I was about 22 years old. I was at Forever 21 just browsing around when I heard a group of girls talking about me in spanish. So I let them have their fun and I continued walking around. In the fitting room, one of the girls just kept going and going, so I waited until I saw her come out of the fitting room and I told her in spanish that she should seriously reconsider buying whatever she just tried on. Her eyes were like a deer in headlights and she just took a left and kept walking.

    I was born in Connecticut and spent the majority of my life between here and Orlando, FL. I went to PR every summer with my grandmother when I was younger. It’s our job to represent and be proud and make people understand that everyone is not supposed to look the same, have the same skin color, etc.

  3. Irma says:

    I can identify to this post! Some people believe all Salvadoran should have an accent too. Like hello an accent is not gonna identify who you are and where you’re from! Great post.

  4. I was born on the Island but was raised since the age of Four years old in the Bronx, moved to California, I have since then lost my PR and my Bronx accent, that does not diminish the fact that I am Puerto Rican, some people are stupid, period.

  5. Me encantó este post y me identifico mucho con el mismo. Yo soy Puertorriqueña que parezco Americana y cada vez que alguien me escucha hablando español con esta pinta me dicen, dónde aprendiste español? No pareces Puertorriqueña… Más que Boricua, soy jíbara del campo y amo representar a mi país donde quiera que me paro. Mi ascento tampoco es Boricua, pero no sé ni de dónde rayos lo saque jajaja… Éxito Hermosa!

  6. lachicaruns says:

    Thanks for writing about this. I am a puerto rican living in the Michigan tundra; el husbando is not Latino. Our kids have Spanish names and have grown up speaking Spanish in a bilingual and bicultural home. My parents live with us, so they have been exposed to the max.
    And, yet, they’re seen as less-than by others who don’t understand why they self-identify as puerto rican.
    I’m trying to help them see these interactions as teach-able moments, but it’s HARD.
    Thanks for sharing your journey!

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