I'm sorry but I thought Lupita ID'd as Kenyan-Mexican? I could be wrong, idr where I heard this from
Lupita identifies as kenyan-mexican. She was born in mexico, moved to kenya before her first birthday and returned to mexico for 7 months when she 16. So she spent the formative years of her life in kenya. Her family is luo and she was raised in those traditions. Her father was a kenyan diplomat and so has strong ties to the kenyan government as well. When asked specifically about her ethnicity she says she’s mexi-kenyan, but she most often refers to herself as African or kenyan. She never refers to herself as just mexican, as the post you’re referring to claims.
The fact that people keep trying to identify her as Mexican is hypocritical and rooted in anti-blackness. Back when she was “just” a diplomat’s daughter, no body from mexico was trying to claim her. But when she started gaining notoriety for her role in 12 years, the mexican press made sure that everyone knew she was born there. They ask her about it in every press conference and its often the only thing they ask her. This attempt to reframe her as a mexican actress is completely hypocritical when you consider that mexico routinely disregards the contributions of its afro-mexican population. Afro-latinx actors and actresses have to leave their countries and be reframed as african americans in american media to practice their craft.
And the fact that people have latched onto this idea of her being “mexican” is just one more example of people’s need to attribute a black peson’s excellence to anything other than their blackness. After she won her oscar she was specifically asked how much of her award she should attribute to mexico when she wouldn’t have been able to play the role if she had looked the way the mexican media wants people to think mexicans look.
tl;dr she is more kenyan than mexican and the fact that people try to pretend otherwise is racist.