Latin Recording Academy Issues Statement to Donald Trump's "Continued Discriminatory Statements"
"Just as music brings people together, so, too, should those who aim to lead us," said Latin Recording Academy president and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
As musicians including Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony and Wisin have stepped up to speak out against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, now the Latin Recording Academy has issued a statement addressing what it called his "continued discriminatory statements."
In a press release, the The Latin Recording Academy noted it does not typically "insert itself into the political political arena unless to elevate key music issues impacting the quality of life and cultural condition of its members." It continued with a statement from president and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
"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," said Abaroa's. "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. 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."
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.