zoe-saldana-cover-shoot-03-editedActress Zoe Saldana has been inserting the proverbial foot in her mouth in recent weeks. The “Colombiana” starlet has been media blitzing for the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness” film and leaving a trail of disrespect in her wake. A fellow Clutch editor, Yesha Callahan, thinks Saldana needs a dictionary and a clue. I concur and also think she needs to enroll in an Introduction to Critical Race Theory course ASAP.

During an interview with BET, Saldana candidly discussed how she views race, alleging “there’s no such as people of color.”

When asked how she racially-identifies, Saldana responded:

I find it uncomfortable to have to speak about my identity all of the time, when in reality it’s not something that drives me or wakes me up out of bed everyday. I didn’t grow up in a household where I was categorized by my mother. I was just Zoe and I could have and be anything that I ever wanted to do…and every human being is the same as you. So to all of a sudden leave your household and have people always ask you, “What are you, what are you” is the most uncomfortable question and it’s literally the most repetitive question. I can’t wait to be in a world where people are sized by their soul and how much they can contribute as individuals and not what they look like.

She wasn’t done retorting.

I literally run away from people that use words like ethnic. It’s preposterous! To me there is no such thing as people of color cause in reality people aren’t white. Paper is white. People are pink, it’s a bit ridiculous when I have to explain to a human being, that is an adult like I am, that looks intelligent but for some reason I have to question his intelligence and explain to him as if he was a two year old, my composition in order for him to say, “Oh I guess I can chill with you, I can work with you.” I will not underestimate a human being and I will not allow another human being to underestimate me. I feel like as a race, that’s a minute problem against the problems we face just as women versus men, in a world that’s more geared and designed to cater towards the male species.

That is a situation that, I spend time thinking about, and working towards ending that, I guess we could talk about that.

Saldana’s decision to accept the role of Nina Simone as a labor of “love” makes her view of race and racism all the more puzzling. It appears as if donning Blackface and depicting Simone has done little to connect the actress with the crooner’s spirit. You can’t portray Nina Simone without realizing how intricately race was intertwined with her life and career.

In fact, communities of color must contend with race and racism daily, from the school-to-prison pipeline to the slow siphoning of resources from our schools. But I guess for women like Saldana, we’re post-racial, Simone’s legacy be-damned.

Maybe the ultimate fixer, Olivia Pope Kerry Washington, can hip her fellow thespian to the truth about post-racial fantasies.


  • RezaWrecks

    I am a man of many colors, they blend into a red or olive brown. Because I live in Los Angeles most people assume I am Mexican or Latino; I don’t bother to correct them. When I meet someone new, more often than not people ask me what I am or where I’m from. People will often interrupt a real or unrelated conversation to ask me these questions.

    Perhaps upon first meeting me, they don’t expect me to be as articulate as I can occasionally be. The fact that a person’s first thought upon meeting me is, “where are you from?” is of no importance to me and I find that often times it comes from
    a narrow perspective of the world: It’s not my job to school all ignorant people I meet. If you wish your reality to be about wearing your skin color like a badge, that’s your prerogative. I am not ashamed of my heritage, but I’m not proud of it either. I’m indifferent to it: We’re born how we’re born and we struggle to make our shit happen. Perhaps we could spend more time trying to relate instead of telling the world, ‘you don’t know how hard it’s been unless your my color, my religion, my sex, etc.”

    An actor doesn’t need to be a drug addict or an angel to play one. Robert De Niro was not a real Taxi Driver. Christopher Reeve couldn’t really fly as fast as a speeding bullet. Zoe Saldana does not have to have lived like Nina Simone to know racism or to connect with the struggle of achieving her full potential. We’ve all had our personal struggles to draw from. People are ready to relate. If you can’t, you can’t expect the rest of us to stop trying.

    The idea that we all have to connect, first and foremost with the way we are perceived by others generalizations of our physical appearance is ludicrous, infantile, and panders to the very opinion that has enslaved many people from all races over thousands of years. I don’t go up to blue eyed/blonde hair people
    and assume their German or spend my time trying to figure out whether someone
    is Chinese or Korean. If you wish to share it with me, fine. I share aspects of
    my heritage with people that are close to me when I feel like it.
    In today’s America, someone could fit the stereotype of what you might think that person looks like and quickly assume how they were raised or what moral compass they should gage the world by, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they were raised as strictly or stereotypical of that image. Zoe Saldana is not ignorant, you’re just being
    prejudiced in assuming she should inherently know what you want her to know,
    and you’re basing that concept simply from the color of her skin; get over

    Our ancestors didn’t struggle so we could continue to carry and pass on that struggle generation after generation: They did it so we might not have to worry about it and be able to achieve loftier goals. Remember that quote (paraphrasing), “Judge me not by the color of my skin, but by the content of my character” (MLK).

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  • Fiona

    This is what a Modern day
    Judas looks like Family! Daughters of SAMA’EL, may our ancestors deal with your kind one by one. Wazungu will use her, and then her children, she just think it won’t happen to her! Zoe, I’ll be praying for you. ….NOT!

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