Yalitza Aparicio reflects on racism in a column published in The New York Times

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“Many people did not understand why he was nominated and made reference to my source. An indigenous woman, some said, was not a dignified representative of the country”, writes Aparicio with respect to their participation in the film “Rome” (2018) in the column that was published this Monday in its Spanish version and the last Saturday in English.

It was from this film that the actress and human rights advocate has had to face comments both positive and negative in social networks and the middle of the show, a situation that translates in the writing and that considered as a sample of the classicism and racism that exists in mexican society.

Film that generates changes

In the essay, Aparicio also argues that art has a transformative power in society, and that thanks to the film by Alfonso Cuaron, was able to build a discussion around the different issues that plague the country, that of the screen reached the legal point of view, achieving the Government’s commitment to provide certain benefits to domestic workers.

“The 14 of may of 2019, a few months after the ceremony of the Oscar, the mexican Congress unanimously approved to give two million workers and domestic workers social insurance, as well as a contract of employment with benefits of the law, such as vacation, christmas bonus, and days of rest”, tells the actress.

In addition, Aparicio expressed the change that he lived in the area staff have participated in a film of international stature. “She showed Me the beginning of a road that barely was: the constant struggle to transform my environment,” he wrote.

At the end of the text, the actress encourages people to not feel defeated if it is not represented in the media and makes a call to demand that there is such diversity in them. “We need to ask for more representation and to avoid the simplification of our cultures or our concerns,” he said.

Aparicio was an employee of home indigenous “Roma”, the film that took in 2019 the Oscar for best direction, best foreign language film and best cinematography.

The cover of the Vogue magazine

Although the oaxacan was not done with the statuette, was the second mexican artist in to get the Oscar nomination as best actress (after Salma Hayek), and, since the movie saw the light, Aparicio has been acclaimed in all the red carpets.

Coming from a humble family in the southern mexican state of Oaxaca and without artistic training, Aparicio was presented to the casting to star in the film of Cuaron, was selected and received multiple accolades for his interpretation.

In addition, he has starred in the cover of numerous fashion magazines and has become the first woman of indigenous descent to appear on the first page of Vogue.

She has also participated in presentations and events about feminism and the defense of the indigenous peoples, and was appointed Goodwill ambassador of Unesco in 2019.