Another day, another case of internalized racism. I want to believe, support and hold a candle for all my fellow Latino allies out there, because I know you exist. Now is the time to come together and it is especially important, since the community in the U.S. has been reeling after the ignorant remarks said by Donald Trump during his presidential announcement speech. Trump negatively generalized Mexican immigrants and Latinos when he said "When Mexico sends its people they aren't sending their best. They are bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they are rapists and some are good people but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we're getting," on June 16. Then, during the Tuesday, August 4 episode of The View, Kelly Osbourne intended to berate Trump and his position in the polls, but her remarks actually ended up being offensive. During a shocking panel, Osbourne said, "If you kick every Latino out of this country ... then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”
Osbourne's rep sent Bustle this statement, which she has also posted on her official Facebook:
I want to start by saying I ALWAYS take responsibility for my actions. In this particular case I will take responsibility for my poor choice of words but I will not apologize for being a racist as I am NOT. I whole-hearted fucked up today. I don’t want to bullshit anyone with lame excuses. Although, I was stopped mid-sentence by Rosie and couldn’t finish my point I will not let Rosie take responsibility for my words. I should have known better as I was on The View and it was live. I’ve learned a very valuable lesson. It is my hope that this situation will open up a conversation about immigration and the Latin community as a whole. By the way I clean my own f*cking toilets.
The rest of the View co-hosts appeared to be uncomfortable and Rosie Perez immediately responded to Osbourne. “There’s more jobs than that in the country for Latinos and Latinos are not the only people who clean toilets," she said. Osbourne responded that she had not intended to be offensive: "No, I didn't mean it like that! Come on! I would never mean it like that! I'm not part of this argument."
In response, the Latino community on Twitter swiftly created a hashtag, #QueridaKellyOsbourne, to share stories of the sacrifices they or their parents made to succeed in this country.
As a child of two immigrant parents from Colombia and Ecuador, this hashtag and its responses is a beautiful reminder of the rich history and culture that Latinos have left on this country. My parents were never educated beyond high school, but worked tirelessly in various service positions throughout the years and successful put my brother and I through college. They instilled in me a spirit of hard work and humility which is something I believe Osbourne does not have a right to comment on.
I only hope that these public examples can continue to enlighten others that despite other really great advances we have made socially, racism is still alive and real and everyone should be held accountable for their words and actions.