Poderosas LIVE!: Emily Estefan and Aymée Nuviola on How Labels Further Separate Society
Regardless of how indirect, unconscious bias can be harmful. So taking the time to address them among the community can be beneficial for everyone.
During the Unconscious Bias: Raising Awareness and Developing an Effective Support System panel, the #ChicaBosses discussed the need for balance when it comes to supporting others and how labels further divide us.
One of the most frequently experienced biases within the Latino community is colorism. Estefan recalls moments when her nana, who was Dominican, would be told things like "go back to your country." She also detailed how once, while on a trip to Africa with a friend of hers who is African, the woman of a restaurant informed her that while she could sit inside, he could not.
Nuviola, who is a Cuban Afro-Latina, has admitted to hearing things on how there was always a lack of diversity among the TV programming in the United States—which she says wasn't the case. "In my experience, I see more diversity in TV in the U.S. than I do on Latino channels," Nuviola explains.
Estefan also called for more varied and diverse roles for Afro-Latinas and African Americans, something which Nuviola agreed, but noted that people didn't need to use minorities for the sake of having them present.
Both agreed that there the numerous labels that society placed on people only further divides them.
"In Miami, there are very few lesbian bars, so my girlfriend and I normally go to gay bars," she explains. "I've gotten looks and have even been pushed against walls by gay men. We're at a point where being heterosexual and cisgender is looked at as bad."
Nuviola noted that she believes that all labels are doing is further fracturing society and creating even more division among people.
To end their panel, both women agreed that the best thing we can do is to help someone else. Nuviola adds how "if you can make someone happy [it] opens your heart."