A distinguished human rights lawyer apparently posed as a Latina lady for years.
Regardless of claiming Puerto Rican and Colombian heritage for over a decade, Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan is definitely a white lady from Georgia, in accordance with a report by the non-profit information outlet Prism.
She serves senior counsel on the Latino Justice Puerto Rican Authorized Protection and Schooling Fund.
Information obtained by the location say Bannan’s household arrived in the USA from Eire, Italy and Russia.
On Monday, Bannan, 43, clarified that she’s white in response to the report.
“I’m racially white, and have all the time mentioned that. Nonetheless my cultural id was shaped because of my household, each chosen and chosen for me, and that has all the time been Latinx,” the lawyer wrote.
“My id is my most genuine expression of who I’m and the way I pay honor to the individuals who have shaped me since I used to be a baby.”
Bannan additionally despatched an e-mail to Prism saying she’s beforehand recognized as white saying her “organic origins are Italian, atheist Jewish/Sephardic, some unknown (adopted grandfather) and who is aware of what else.”
“My organic dad and mom had been born in the USA, and I used to be raised with solely one in all them,” she added. “But the Colombian household who I grew up with and who had been accountable in grand half for elevating me, who helped kind my character and id had been from many alternative ethnic identities and backgrounds.”
The controversy comes after actor Alec Baldwin’s spouse, Hilaria Baldwin, was accused of pretending to be Spanish and even faking her accent on nationwide tv. She later admitted on Instagram she’s really a white lady from Boston.