Natasha Lycia Ora Bannan, senior counsel at the Latino Justice Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, claimed Puerto Rican and Colombian heritage, according to Prism.
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.
The 43-year-old responded to the report this week and confirmed that she is white.
‘I am racially white and have always said that,’ she said on Monday. ‘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.’