Tenoch Huerta might be making his moves in Hollywood, but the actor is about to cause a stir with his new book Orgullo Prieto. The book dives into the racism and colorism that is rampant throughout Mexico in an unflinching look at the culture that raised him.
According to a recent post from Huerta, the actor is not shying away from calling out Mexico and its culture for the pervasive reach of racism.
“What emotion! My first book is almost here, Orgullo Prieto, a reflection of racism and classism in Mexico. (Ahhh! Now anyone can write books 🤭).
Mexico is a racist country? Of course it is! I hope that this book helps brown people feel proud of their black and brownness. Even the light-skinned, who are bayos, are also beans.”
Orgullo Prieto will make its debut on October 24 and fans are getting excited for the release.
“Thank you! I admire and celebrate everything that you do,” actress Elyfer Torres wrote in the comments.
“What a thrill!!!! And how great that you are writing about this topic. It’s time,” wrote activist Julissa Arce.
It is fitting for the book to come from Huerta, who has broken his own barriers in Hollywood. Most recently, he spoke candidly about the need for more brown representation in films noting the importance of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever while attending the D23 Expo with Variety.
“I never imagined to be an actor. Because in Mexico the actors are white, not brown-skinned. But then this happened. And I became an actor and then I worked in multiple series and movies. And now I’m here in this world, with this director, this project…it’s so great because it’s natural. It’s not forced. It’s normal.”
¡Buen hecho, Tenoch! Colorism and racism has a long history in Latin America and the more we can talk about it, the more we can push back against its oppressive nature.