Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan Biography — Wiki
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan is a prominent human rights lawyer and former president of the National Lawyers Guild who has admitted that she is not Latina but in fact a white woman from Georgia. She is a senior counsel at the Latino Justice Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, claimed Puerto Rican and Colombian heritage.
Records obtained by the site say Bannan’s family in fact arrived in the United States from Ireland, Italy and Russia, and she was born in Georgia.
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan Age
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan is 43 years old.
Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan defends her right to choose her ‘cultural identity’
On Monday, Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan responded to the report and confirmed that she is white.
‘I am racially white and have always said that,’ she said. ‘However my cultural identity was formed as a result of my family, both chosen and chosen for me, and that has always been Latinx. My identity is my most authentic expression of who I am and how I pay honor to the people who have formed me since I was a child.’
“Nothing in Bannan’s lineage indicates that she can lay claim to a Latina identity,” the website adds.
“In public comments going back more than a decade, she has claimed varying forms of Latina identity, presenting vague and shifting descriptions of her ethnic and cultural origins.
“In 2007, Bannan told the Spanish-language newspaper El Diario that she was ‘a little bit Spanish, a little bit Colombian, and a Sephardic Jew’.”
What we know so far about Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan
Prism’s revelation has outraged actual Latina attorneys who said that while stories like Baldwin’s are “played for laughs, Bannan’s case is more serious”.
“Disgusted,” Chicana immigration public defender and policy advocate Sophia Gurulé said: “To me, it’s clear she has some kind of white savior complex.”
Ana Gabriela Urizar, a Guatemalan immigrant practicing corporate immigration law, said Bannan’s actions were “sad”. She added: “It’s like she’s wearing a Latina costume and dresses according to Latina stereotypes.”
Bannan has hit out at Prism’s article on Twitter while admitting that she is a “racially white woman”.
She tweeted: “Because Latinidad is not synonymous with race, none of this means that I don’t also experience life as a racially white person or experience and benefit from white privilege. “My identity as a Latina comes from my most profound relationships, my immediate and extended family, and the most authentic and defining moments of my life.
“It comes from the birthdays and navidades celebrated to the backdrop of salsa, rum and tired children.”
Bannan said: “My biological origins are Italian, atheist Jewish and some unknown. My biological parents were born in the United States.
“My Colombian stepfather and family who I grew up with were responsible in grand part for shaping me and forming my character and identity.
“My Peruvian stepfather who was actually the father that helped guide and protect me over decades left us this past year and with his absence,
a hole in our lives.
“My Puerto Rican extended family that perhaps above all was where my identity took root on its own, in them and in an island that I knew long ago I would give my life for.”
But unimpressed followers on Twitter took her to the task, with Laura Cholula replying: “I am a visibly brown law student.
“I have struggled despite feeling othered and under the constant existential threat of DACA being ended.
What people say on social media
Bannan is the latest in a growing line of people to be revealed as having assumed a false racial identity. Bannan said that she had dedicated herself to ‘using my privilege as a racially white, U.S.-based woman to denounce the aggressions of this country.’
On social media, people were unimpressed.
‘Girl, please stop,’ said one.
‘What the hell is that? She’s white,’ said another.
One accused her of ‘tryna Dolezal your way out through this’.