The most important Latinx voices in the entertainment industry have decided to use their platforms to echo the urgent fight against racism in the United States.
George Floyd’s death was the last straw in a society tired of the deep economic and social gap between white people and people of color, and many have shared their willingness to join the fight against endogenous racism.
“I think it is only responsible to take a stand and acknowledge the pain the black community has suffered and continues to suffer,” wrote Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin on Instagram. “Not only today, but every day.”
For her part, the Dominican American rapper Cardi B extended the call for political participation as a way out of the social crisis:
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Hey guys this is why we NEED TO VOTE ! Trump is encouraging his supporters to vote and THEY WILL ! They follow everything and do everything he tells them to do .WE have the power to vote as well.Trump and the Republican Party have a lot of influencers ,followers and supporters but so do WE! All the celebs and influencers we have the same following and THATS WHY WE ENCOURAGING YOU TO VOTE! This is something that WE CAN ALL WIN TOGETHER.YOU will be apart of change.
“Police brutality been going on even way before I was born, but it has been more visual ever since social media started getting poppin’,” she said. “Another way for people to take power — I don’t want to make everything political, but it is what it is — it’s by voting. And when I say voting, I’m not only talking about the President. We could vote for mayors. We could vote for judges, and we could also vote for DAs — district attorneys. Yes, we could vote for these people, for our county. We sure can.”
Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Ivy Queen shared on Instagram several images of recent victims of police brutality with a caption that echoes the importance of active political participation:
“Everything we ever feared about politics is turning out to be true. Including what they will do to keep power. People who stand for hate and division want us to be divided. Stand together! Stay safe, Stay blessed! May God help us all! JUSTICE FOR ALL INCLUDING OUR LATINOS!”
Reggaeton icon Daddy Yankee shared a baby photo of himself on Instagram with his dad and the heartfelt message: “BLACK father and WHITE mother, that’s why I see everyone as a BROTHER. I am proud of my roots, of being Latino and of the color of my skin.”
Colombian reggaetonero J Balvin took to social media to participate in the Blackout Tuesday protest and show solidarity with the black community:
Writing in Spanish and English, Balvin expressed how education and open conversation must be the first steps within the non-black Latino community:
“This is a time to educate myself and my loved ones and take action,” he wrote on Instagram. “After taking time to speak to those close with me, I am educating myself on the deep significance and horrifying history that is the root of the #blacklivesmatter movement.”
“I appreciate that it is my responsibility as a leader in the Latino community to educate myself of the plight of Black citizens in America — to learn about their struggles and the ongoing, systemic racism they face each day; and more importantly, to learn how I can be a better ally and help change the system through my voice and my action.”
Another group of Latino artists wrote to Billboard their message to the community, and their call to get involved in the struggle of people who are victims of racism in the United States.
“Being an AfroLatino Puerto Rican, it saddens me to see people of color still suffering injustices this day and age,” said Zion (of Zion & Lennox). “The Black community needs Latino voices to speak up in solidarity. We cannot sit and do nothing, we have also suffered at the hands of racism and discrimination.”
American Singer Rebbeca Marie Gomez, also known as Becky G, also added:
“As a Mexican American, I stand proudly with my black brothers and sisters. While these injustices are not new and the pain and suffering is global, I am proud to see so many people acknowledging their privilege, using their platforms to elevate others and highlighting what is really important throughout all the noise.”
“I stand as an ally with those who are hurting and I stand in admiration watching those of you, who even through tearful eyes, are taking the time out of your day to educate us and open our minds up to the root of the problem so significant change can be made. They tell us all that we are the minorities, but together we are the majority,” she concluded.