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VICTOR CRUZ WANTS DAUGHTER TO UNDERSTAND AFRICAN AMERICAN AND PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE

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Victor Cruz has more on his mind than football. The NFL player recently told HuffingtonPost that he plans to teach his daughter Kennedy, 6 months, everything there is to know about Spanish culture so that happily embrace her Puerto Rican and African American heritage when she’s older. Check out the interview!

On teaching his little girl Spanish:

“I want to make sure she is fluent in the language because that’s one of the issues we are facing with kids today. These young Latino kids are not learning Spanish because their parents are already so Americanized. I definitely want to teach my daughter Spanish.”

On wanting to teach daughter her culture:
“I want her to understand her culture. Understand that she’s not just African-American, she’s also half Puerto-Rican. I want her to understand the food, culture and visit Puerto Rico. Particularly visit these different areas that really shaped me as a kid because that’s where my grandmother is from.”

On what he would most like to give his daughter:
“I just want to give her some stability. Growing up, I had my mom but I wish I had my dad as well. I want to give her the stability of having both parents in the household so she can live up to all her dreams. I think having both parents is definitely going to benefit her.”

On being African-American and Puerto Rican:
People ask me that all the time. I look African-American but my last name is Cruz, so they were always wondering what I was. They’d be astonished at first and then they come around and understand once they get to know me and my parents more.

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  2. I don’t find his nasal structure to be large. I can tell he is mixed. Regular black men don’t exactly look like Victor Cruz. And not all Puerto Ricans have a small nose. Look at Rosie Perez, her facial structure is more African than Victor Cruz’s. I also happen to be Puerto Rican and black.

  3. Kennedy is GORGEOUS look at those eyes. Watch out Cali you have competition LOL

    “Black looking” Latino’s/Latina’s have a difficult time proving they’re just as Latino/Latina as the rest.

    • I hope Victor Cruz understand what is African-American and Puerto-Rican….Adfrican-American means a black person who is born in the USA, not matter where your parents are from. Puerot-Rican is a nationality and NOT a race, just because you are born in Puert-Rico does not make your race dissapears.

      I still don’t get it when Puero-Rican or Domincans use their nationaliyt as a race…How can you be born in this country and still be a Puerto-Rican? They have white, black and mixed people in Puerto-Rico too.
      Victor Cruz’s daughter is African-American or to be exacted black American and Victor Cruz is African-American or black. His race does not cahnge no matter what country he was born in. I will say this latino/latina thing is utter nonsense…Guess all the english speaking people in the USA and Canada should start calling themselves Anglos!!!

  4. Afro Boricua! She’s gorgeous. Victor looks like my familia.. not looking like the [what people think] the “typical” Puerto Rican. Fare skin, super long hair or whatever. I get what he’s saying tho.

  5. He doesn’t look like a regular Puerto Rican that’s probably why he always had to explain himself while growing up. People think Puerto Ricans are supposed to look like Marc Anthony with at least some Spanish features…light skin straight hair small noses. The ones like Cruz have a more difficult time of it.

    • I somewhat agree, but most puerto rican people I have known growing up in NY,( & that is ), are generally of a darker complexion, & everyone of puerto rican decent that I know have naturally curly to kinky hair,.( though many I know relax theirs). Also my brother works with Marc Anthony, & Marc, His ex wife Jennifer, & their twins all have quite curly hair, but Marc, & Jennifer have theirs styled straighter.

  6. Love love Victor Cruz go Giants! Heck if u ask me everyone has a little black in them somewhere, but that’s just my opinion! Don’t come after me people! Kennedy is beautiful Victor’s going to have some trouble!

    • Hey Misunderstood..miss you too. I also miss the regulars commenting & exchanging lovely banter against us. I’m not saying newcomers aren’t welcome but its been crazy in here lately.

  7. That baby is so incredibly and rediculously cute! If dad really wants to teach his daughter about her cultural heritage, he’d introduce her to the food, language, and customs of Peurto-Rico then book a trip to Spain & West Africa and let her see the roots of that culture!

  8. Spanish culture is in Spain to tell the truth and Puerto Rico was in slavery to Spain for close to 300 years. We were the last people in bondage in the western world to be set free.

  9. You are wrong about Brazil. First of all we are Portuguese speaking people with strong Angolan roots we have never considered ourselves Latino that is an American expression. In fact, in Brazil we call Spanish speaking people Hispanics. In Brazil we have our African based culture, foods, festivals and many practice Umbanda. Check out all of the videos on You Tube extrolling the growing pride by Afro Bazilizn people. Brazil was settled by the Portuguese the Spanish had nothing to do with it.

    • Actually I see more african culture in the Caribbean and Brazil that in the AA community in the US. From the music, the colorful clothes, the food, the way they incorporate ancient african deities in their religion. Being proud of your African roots is more that wearing ethnic clothes.

  10. My sisters are half Puerto-Rican and they never really wanted to learn Spanish and I hate that. I think it would be good for them to be able to communicate with their other relatives. Anyway, the baby has beautiful eyes!!

  11. From the little I know of Victor Cruz, he seems like a pretty decent and intelligent guy. Plus he’s a big Obama supporter so he’a good in my book.

    I don’t know what it is about black Latinos that kind’ve bothers some people… I think that they sometimes come across as favoring their Latino side as though it makes them special or better than “regular” blacks. I don’t know. But his daughter should know both sides of her culture, although she’s not half puerto rican as he stated – she’s more like 25%. Lol.

  12. Beautiful baby girl! Striking eyes!

    I wonder why some Latinos deny their black roots. Like in Brazil, there are a bunch of African latinos, but they swear they are Euro-Spanish. I’m not saying Victor Cruz is doing that. I’m just bringing it up for the sake of bringing it up. There is a difference between culture and race.

    • Yes, a lot of African descended people from other countries do that. I had a conversation with an Indian friend who gets upset when I refer to him as black. He hates it, even though he’s 5 shades darker than I am. Lol now I do it just to annoy him.

      • LoL. I had a black female client tell me my Indian coworker is pretty because of her skin complexion & hair. My coworker is 1 shade lighter than the client. We both looked at her like huh?! Some people just don’t realize their true beauty.

        • I made a comment earlier about an Indian friend of mine (comment disappeared into BCK land). He’s about 5 shades darker than I am and hates when I call him black so I do it to annoy him. “Get your black self over here!” and he’ll say “I’m not black”. I just hold my arm out and say “You could’ve fooled me, with ya black self”! Lol I love it.

        • THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH EMBRACING YOUR PUERTO RICAN ROOTS HOWEVER, I JUST WANT PEOPLE TO REALLY EMBRACE THEIR AFRICAN ROOTS AS WELL. SOMEHOW WE AS A SOCIETY, GET AWAY FROM OUR AFRICAN ROOTS. BEING BLACK IS A GREAT THING! I THINK HE SHOULD TEACH HIS DAUGHTER SPANISH CULTURE AND AFRICAN CULTURE. HE IS BOTH. I JUST DONT WANT HIM TO FORGET ABOUT ONE OR THE OTHER. I AM AFRO-LATINA AND VERY PROUD OF THAT. WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME IF I’M BLACK, MY ANSWER IS “YES”. I DONT FEEL THE NEED TO GO INTO A LONG SPILL OUT MY LATINO ROOTS. I JUST SIMPLY SAY YES I AM BLACK. IF SOMEONE ASK ME IF I AM LATINO, I SAY “YES”. ITS JUST THAT STIMPLE.

          • African American culture does not define blackness. It is not the template of of all black culture Afro Brazilian culture is quite different from Afro American culture as well as Afro Caribbean culture. As for AFrica the continent cultures are so varied and wide there that there is no one way to encompass that. As someone who is from the Caribbean and an outsider looking in alot of what we see as AA culture we also see it as also being American

      • I see nowhere in there he is denying his “black” roots. All he said is he looks AA but his last name is CRUZ. Also he said he is Puerto Rican, that is what he is. If people don’t know that Puerto Ricans are multiethnic/diverse genetic people then they have the problem.

        • I think the comment of saying “I look AA but my last name is Cruz” would have some to think that he’s denying African roots. I know and understand the difference between race and culture but there are a lot of folks that don’t.

    • I think w/ SOME people, when you call them just black they feel like your denying their culture. My friend is Brazilian. She’s like Victor’s color & says she’s black. But usually just simply say she’s Brazilian. Her mom says she’s Afro-Brazilian. I’m Jamaican. I love being Jamaican. & for me culture means a lot more than race sometimes. Culture is what makes you who you are. There are black people everywhere, the UK, Australia, west indies, Ecuador, etc. & i think people are aware that they are black (even tho some will say they are mixed w/ everything under the sun just b/c they are a shade lighter lol) but they rather be categorized by their culture than their race, if that makes sense lol. I love being black, but i also love being Jamaican lol

      • So you’re saying that it’s more about a pride in culture than it is a denial of one’s race? I guess I can understand that.

      • I agree with you. Im from Panama and i look like most mexican.If your complexion is lighter as alicia keys they would say theyre not as black because even in Panama blacks are discriminated against. Its a shame to say that of my own country but its true. Most oportunities are given to whites or lighter complexed people or lighter skin blacks. You wont see a black miss Panama in the miss Universe pageant!

        • anna. do you not know that a black woman from panama is married to the Prince (now king) of Leichenstein?. They have a little boy…and a cousin of mine is married to a Baron. We’re of mixed race. There are a few others married to royalty that the media doesn’t even mention.

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