'Don't Vote for Racists!' Latin Grammys Include Anti-Trump Protest by Leftist Musicians

November 22nd, 2015 9:08 AM

The Latin Grammy awards on Thursday night came with an anti-Donald Trump protest. The Guadalajara-based pop-rock band Mana performed a song with San Jose-based Los Tigres del Norte called "Somos Más Americanos" ("We Are More American") and then unfurled a banner that read "Latinos unidos no voten por los racistas [Latinos, united, don't vote for the racists]." Rolling Stone elaborated:

The Maná-covered Tigres del Norte ballad appears in Cama Incendiada, Maná's Latin Grammy-winning 2015 record for Best Pop/Rock Album. "I want to remind the gringo that I didn't cross the border, the border crossed me," goes the Spanish-language song against a menacing polka beat. "America was born free, but the man divided it / They drew the line so I could cross it, and then call me an invader."

"We took this iconic song [of Los Tigres del Norte] and are using it as a weapon of protest to what's happening here with immigration reform and all the xenophobic remarks made by Donald Trump," Maná frontman Fher Olvera tells Rolling Stone. "The declarations that Trump made are against a race, and that's the problem. Politically, you can be for or against Obama's, Trump's, or Hillary's [views], but there is a universal truth: We can't be racist, and we can't judge people because of their skin color. Racism has always been vincible throughout the ages and in any part of the world, and that's what we need to make clear to Donald Trump."

After Trump's initial remarks of his campaign about Mexico sending its criminal elements, not its "best," Olvera also slammed him. "We feel pity for this incompetent man. I have never heard a speech as violent or as filled with hatred — not since Hitler." 

The two bands are also combined on a website run by the leftist group Voto Latino trying to turn out the vote for amnesty advocates.