In the wake of Donald Trump’s slew of negative comments about the United States’ Latino population, Latin Recording Academy President and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. has released a statement condemning Trump’s “affront” on the country’s Latino residents.
“Whether you’re talking about Mexico, South America, Central America, Spain or Portugal, Latin culture has been so beautifully intertwined into American culture that it is almost imperceptible to recognize the benefits of that integration,” Abaroa said. “Nonetheless, we should not take for granted the countless contributions Latinos make to American culture. Given his recent statements, Mr. Trump needs a respectful reminder of that fact.”
He added, “This denial of Latino contributions and the division it will create cannot be tolerated, and we appeal to Mr. Trump to discontinue his affront on the millions of Latinos who have helped make America the great nation it is. Just as music brings people together, so, too, should those who aim to lead us.”
The Academy’s statement comes days after the news of Trump kicking Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a press conference after asking Trump a line of questioning without being called first.
Following the event, Univision CEO Randy Falco released a statement criticizing Trump’s treatment of Latinos: “Mr. Trump demonstrated complete disregard for (Ramos) and for the countless Hispanics whom Jorge seeks to represent through press questions that are at the heart of the First Amendment.”