Latino lives matter: the Ruben Blades Manifesto

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony


Someone finally said it.

On his own web site this week, Ruben Blades wrote the painful truth…that there is a widespread suppression of Latino artists, and Latino voices in America.

Here is the Ruben Blades Manifesto:

The message of Ruben is clear…that in film, television, publishing and broadcasting, many Latino stories never see the light of day.

Since the stories are suppressed, we constantly see perverted stereotypes: the drug dealer, gang member, maid, gardener, juvenile delinquent…but rarely any three-dimensional, deeply-rooted characters, who enlighten and inspire us in the manner of Atticus Finch, Erin Brockovich, Dr. Huxtable, Rocky Balboa, or even Gabe Kotter.

65 years ago, Ralph Ellison wrote Invisible Man. This cruel level of invisibility, is precisely where Latinos are today.

Puerto Rico is a bitter proof of this invisibility. Even as the island’s economy implodes virtually no one in the White House, Congress, or the mainstream media is aware of the depth, or the historical roots, of this tragedy in the Caribbean.

In his manifesto, Ruben Blades said it very plainly:

“The bigger discrimination today, by film and television, is directed almost exclusively against the Latino… Numbers and facts do not lie. Check them yourselves. The Industry wants our cash but cancels our breaks…the Industry has no interest in representing us as equal members of the American Society. First it happened to blacks. Now it is applied to Latinos.”

Ruben Blades is absolutely correct.

With Latinos buying twice as many movie tickets as African-Americans, it is time to see Latino stories, and Latino lives, on our nation’s movie screens.

With more Latinos (55 million) than senior citizens (42 million) throughout the entire US, it is time to change this “invisibility” of Latinos…once and for all.

Latino lives matter.


For a history of the War Against All Puerto Ricans, read the book…

War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s ColonyBuy it Now

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7 Comments on “Latino lives matter: the Ruben Blades Manifesto

  1. Willie Colon does not agree . I never thought he was such a dummy . He just ans . me in a very nasty way when I responded to something he posted about cops being the victims .


  2. Why is it either or? Latinos need to speak up if they want these issues heard. The diversity issue this year has centered on Blacks (meanwhile, there are millions of Black Latinos) because Blacks, specifically Black Americans are willing to stick their neck out even it if means facing anti-Black rhetoric which Ruben and this site seem keen on co-signing. If Latinos, Asians et al would actually be more vocal and join in a collective criticism about the industry, then real change would actually happen.


  3. I am a 81 Years old Puertorriqueno that came to NY in 1955. I’ve only seen all this years in NY ,Racisim, hate criticism, but thank God i have survived.


  4. Thank you Ruben, For saying it, like it is… We Latino’s must wake up, to the reality of our lives. For to long we’ve been waiting for the changes to come. Changes come when we make them happen! I am a proud American Puerto Rican, born and raised in Miami. Now living in Rincon Puerto Rico and I started reading ” War Against All Puerto Ricans” And now my eye’s have been open. To the reality of my Puerto Rican brothers and sisters of this beautiful island… So I’m now revaluating the proud American Puerto Rican part of me, Sad but true… Thank you again!!!


  5. I live it and believe in it. We’ve been held down and for the most part as a,Puertorican Latino we get it from many because of our comonwealth with the U.S. just saying cause I have lived it.


  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    FINALLY …. “Ruben Blades wrote the painful truth … that there is a widespread suppression of Latino artists, and Latino voices in America.”
    Latino lives matter … as much as any others do!!


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