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…
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