Louis C.K.: I'm More Mexican Than George Lopez

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Louis C.K. | Photo Credits: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Louis C.K. doesn't really identify himself as a white person. 

The comedian, who stars on FX's Louie, was born in California, but moved to Mexico, his father's homeland, at the age of 1. They moved back to America when C.K. was around 7.

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"Coming here and observing America as an outsider made me an observing person," C.K. says in the new issue of Rolling Stone. "I grew up in Boston and didn't get the accent, and one of the reasons is that I started in Spanish. I was a little kid, so all I had to do was completely reject my Spanish and my Mexican past, which is a whole lot easier because I'm white with red hair. I had the help of a whole nation of people just accepting that I'm white.

"Obama's black, but he's not black the way people used to define that," C.K. says. "Is black your experience or the color of your skin? My experience is as a Mexican immigrant, more so than someone like George Lopez. He's from California. But he'll be treated as an immigrant. I am an outsider. My abuelita, my grandmother, didn't speak English. My whole family on my dad's side is in Mexico. I won't ever be called that or treated that way, but it was my experience."


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