‘Don’t look too Latina’: MSNBC correspondent recalls racist instruction from network manager

“Mariana, I just wanted to make sure you’re prepared for such a prestigious gathering,” the person said. “What are you going to wear?” It was a weird phone call — with an even weirder request. “Why do you ask?” I replied. “Please don’t look too Latina.” At first I thought I didn’t hear correctly. “I beg your pardon?” I asked. “When you pick your outfit, I mean. Don’t look too Latina.”