Latinx Celebs Join #BlackoutTuesday to Stand Up Against Racism and Police Brutality
Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin joined the #BlackoutTuesday movement, posting a black square on his Instagram account to show solidarity for the black victims of police brutality. "I think it is only responsible to take a stand and acknowledge the pain the black community has suffered and continues to suffer," he wrote. "Not only today, but every day. So I will pause in the name of kindness, in the name of social justice. I will pause because I need to learn more about their struggles, because I think I know, but I really don't know."
The Dominican American rapper shared her thoughts on Twitter. "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 DA’s — district attorneys. Yes, we could vote for these people, for our county. We sure can."
Nuyorican playwright, producer, and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote on Twitter: “Hamilton doesn’t exist without the black and brown artists who created and revolutionized and changed the world through the culture, music, and language of hip hop. It doesn’t exist without the brilliant black and brown artists in our cast, crew, and production team who breathe life into this story every time its performed.” He also tweeted that it was important to firmly speak "the inarguable truth that Black Lives Matter" and denounce "systemic racism and white supremacy."
Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Ivy Queen shared a collage on Instagram of Black victims of police brutality and racism like George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, and Breonna Taylor with this message: "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." The Puerto Rican singer also shared the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and demanded "RESPECT."
Dominican reggaeton star Natti Natasha joined the #BlackoutTuesday movement, posting the message: "We believe in inclusivity and that we are all created equal. On Tuesday, June 2, we will stand in solidarity with the African American community, colleagues, artists and community leaders to commemorate 'Blackout Tuesday.' We join our brothers and sisters to make our voices heard and fight racial injustice and inequality, helping create a positive change for generations to come."
Mexican American star Becky G shared the following post on Instagram: "There are not enough words to express the millions of emotions I've been feeling as a member of the overall minority community, but most importantly as an ally to the black communities that have and still are being directly affected by past and present events."
The singer added indifference is no longer an option: "I urge you all to consider who you are offline and what else we can do, to not just place bandaids on gun shot wounds. To those who are not talking about this with friends, family, fans — YOU are part of the systemic problem. If you are not outraged and heartbroken by the fact that BLACK LIVES have been shamelessly killed for far too long, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM."
René Pérez Joglar, aka Residente, shared the viral image of the Minnesota police officer putting his knee on George Floyd's throat as he laid on the ground asking for help. "This criminal act has to be condemned! I ask the entire Latin American community in the United States to please mobilize until the murderous police officer Derek Chauvin is in prison," he wrote on Instagram.
Cuban American singer Camila Cabello wrote on Instagram: "I'vebeen trying to find the right words to say after I saw the video where George Floyd’s life is being taken from him with impunity ... I am so sorry to George Floyd’s family and Ahmaud Arbery’s family, And Breonna Taylor’s family and to the countless other black families that have their children and parents being taken away from them. I stand with you in outrage and I have called Minnesota Governor Walz, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, their numbers and what to say is on the ACLU website, and I urge you to please call, please sign the petitions, and let’s stand together for justice. We need a change, we can’t afford to be silent, and we can’t afford a society that’s indifferent to others pain." She also participated in a Black Lives Matter protest in Miami with her boyfriend, Shawn Mendes.
Colombian reggaeton singer Karol G joined the #BlackoutTuesday movement and also shared a viral video of a Black girl crying and denouncing being treated differently because of her skin color. Earlier in the week, Karol faced backlash for posting an insensitive photo about the movement featuring her dog.