Protests throughout the U.S. hit an intensity peak last night, with D.C. fires prompting the White House to go dark as Trump fled to an underground bunker. The fight for justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the many other unarmed Black Americans who’ve died at the hands of police is simultaneously a fight to end police brutality and ultimately—finally—end systemic racism. Across the globe, from London to Auckland and Tokyo, more and more people are joining the cause.
We know politically active queen Cardi B is a fervent supporter of the movement, but what about other Latinx or Spanish-speaking artists getting involved? Here’s a few who’ve shown support for the movement over the past few days.
On Saturday, Pitbull expressed support bilingually.
Residente’s statement is one that was also repeated—albeit in Spanish—during last summer’s #RickyRenuncia protests in Puerto Rico. (Over time the original quote it’s based on has been attributed to various people.)
Captioning a clip of Martin Luther King, Jr. ‘s speech, “The Other America,” JLo writes, “How can anyone say they are in this country and not do something when they see lives cut short because of the color of their skin?” A few days prior, she reposted Nas’ call for #JusticeForFloyd.
Yesterday on Twitter she shared an image that reads, “It’s not white vs black. It’s everyone vs racists.”
Natti Natasha expresses support simply, with no strings attached.
Chilean pop singer-songwriter Cami wants to make sure everyone knows what she thinks of 45. On request from a fan, she also retweeted a list of ways to help support the movement.
Becky G says anyone not talking about this is “part of the systemic problem”—everyone should stand with #blacklivesmatter. She links in her bio ways to support the cause.
Carla Morrison condemns silence, and reminds that all non-black people are inherently racist. “We all have racist tendencies because we grew up in a society that daily screams at us to have white skin gives you a step up from everyone else.” She notes that this systemic issue is also prevalent throughout Mexican culture. The Tecate, Baja California-born artist calls for people to “continue evolving with your heart” and to “maximize and practice empathy.”
Granada rapper Yung Beef calls out the silence of other artists.
Beyond his own statement, Puerto Rican rapper Kobe Brray also retweets Yung Beef’s callout and pushes a ton of other tweets supporting the protests, including Ice Cube’s “They’d rather arrest hundreds of American citizens than 3 of their own. Very telling.” He’s also anti-Trump, pointing to the 2016 case against him and Jeffrey Epstein on multiple complaints including the alleged rape, sexual abuse and false imprisonment of a then-13-year-old girl.