There are two pandemics occurring in the U.S., the Coronavirus and police brutality. On May 25, 2020 George Floyd was murdered by asphyxiation by Derek Chauvin. It was the tip of the iceberg for Black Americans, and Black people all over the world, as fearing for their lives has always been a part of their everyday reality considering they make up 13% of the population yet are 2.5 times more likely to be fatally shot by the police.
Urbano artists—especially those who aren’t Black— have a duty to speak up on behalf of racial injustice outside of when it’s trendy. It’s not only a crucial means of compensating for the exploitation of Black aesthetics, but an element of solidarity of the advancement towards racial equality in the U.S., Latin America and as far as their influence reaches. For many that includes millions of people across countries all over the world.
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Live panel discussing the complacency of non-Black Latinxs upholding the anti-Black representation of Latinxs. __________________ The Super Bowl halftime show starring J.Lo and Shakira featuring J.Balvin and Bad Bunny had many celebrating the level of “Latino Representation”. But is “Latino Representation ” worth celebrating when it comes at the expense of Black people and excludes Black Latinxs? This 40-minute live panel will discuss the ways the 2020 Latino Super Bowl Halftime show was complicit in structural anti-Blackness and challenge the public to question their own feelings about current day “Latino Representation”.