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Actress Gina Rodriguez has long had a contentious relationship with race, and by race, I say black people. She's publicly minimized the black experience on camera, expressing that she was disappointed that Black Panther didn't have any Latinx actors and disregarding that there were two Afro-Latinx leads, and then cried crocodile tears on a radio show when she was referred to as anti-black. To put the icing on the cake, she posted a video to her Instagram yesterday using the n-word while singing along to the Fugees' hit "Ready or Not." 

What followed were two sorry attempts at apologies that even further proved that the star's deep-seated disdain for the community has no bounds. But as a black woman who's been trying to spread the word about Rodriguez's constant micro-aggressions for some time now, I'm fed up and frankly sick of her sorries.

Unlike most, when I saw Gina Rodriguez saying the n-word yesterday, I wasn't the least bit surprised. 

It's always those that constantly exhibit anti-black behavior that feel the most entitled to black culture, and Rodriguez is one of those people. For years now, black women have been trying to tell everyone about the ways of the problematic actress, advocating for her to be canceled long before now. Time and time again, she's disrespected black women in particular, minimizing our experiences and our importance. But of course, as the most overlooked and disregarded demographic, our cries fell on deaf ears. 

However, the second "Ms. I'm Not Black" takes to her social media to once again show off her entitlement, everyone is suddenly up in arms. 

To add insult to injury — but again, I'm not surprised — her half-assed apology was yet another example of how little she cares. 

Acting obtuse and seemingly agitated that her actions were not well received, she gave a non-apology apology that attempted to justify her actions simply because she grew up listening to the Fugees. She didn't apologize for saying the word; instead, she apologized "if she offended anyone." Again, not surprised. 

She then referred to the people she offended as "the community of color."

The clear aversion to black people and even the word is nothing short of abhorrent. The saying "they love our culture but not our struggle" speaks directly to the attitude of people like Rodriguez, those that will feel bold enough to use the n-word, but not bold enough to directly address the community that word has affected for decades. 

She'd get more respect if she just came out as a raging racist.

And I mean that honestly. I'd much prefer her donning a shirt that says "I hate black women," and be outwardly prejudiced, taking the Donald Trump route, than pretending to care or even have a connection to the African-American community. Our experiences don't matter to her, our plight doesn't matter to her, all that matters to her is attempting to defend her right to use a word simply because she's kissed black men on camera, may have a few black friends, and her music taste includes that of Lauryn Hill. 

It's that same mentality that puts her in the exact same category of the Laura Lees, the Jeffree Stars, and the countless other thoughtless celebs who make the same sorry attempts and then cry giving the same sorry apologies. 

So no, Gina, you can keep your bull apologies. 

Because you were canceled in my eyes long before you decided to publicly declare what I already knew, that "niggas give you heebie-jeebies." Oh, and as Twitter continues to dig up more videos of you so boldly saying the word, I hope that you can take this time to reflect and realize that it doesn't matter how much rap music you listen to, how many black people you act alongside, or how tan you think your father is, the n-word will never be for you. You, Gina, give me heebie-jeebies.