Is it safe to say, “We’re all Mexicans”? While the skillfully edited Emilio Estefan-helmed music video isn’t quite receiving the round of applause that Latinos everywhere were ready to give, Raury – he of the hip hop meets folk meets soul sound – sent the message of solidarity we’d been hoping for.
At last night’s taping of The Late Show, Raury – who was making his late-night debut on a lineup that also included Republican presidential candidate-turned-piñata Donald Trump as a guest – made a powerful statement. The 19-year-old artist from Atlanta performed unabashedly wearing a green Mexico soccer jersey with the name Trump crossed out by a big red X on the back. According to VICE News, Raury quietly change into the jersey minutes before stepping out on stage.
“Trump embodies separation, solving problems with anger, fear, and personal differences,” Raury told VICE News. “I’m all about the opposite, about being inclusive and open.” Raury also added that he “wanted to do something to call out Trump’s recent disparaging comments about immigrants, especially since September is Hispanic heritage month.”
The Republican wasn’t there to witness Raury calling him out, but that doesn’t matter. Because the internet. As soon as Raury turned around to show the crowd the crossed-out Trump name on the back of his Mexico soccer jersey, the audience “exploded in cheers.” We’re all Mexicans, including host Stephen Colbert who is now the owner of his own personalized Mexico soccer jersey, even if it is for one night.
Now if we could only get a redo on the video.