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Anuel Speaks Out in Support of Black Lives Matter

Anuel has spoken out against systemic racism and police brutality while expressing his solidarity with the black community. In his thought-provoking message posted on social media, the “Keii” singer calls out police brutality sharing personal moments of when he’s seen acts of racism during his time in prison.

“In prisons, I have seen the racism against our African-American brothers and toward us Latinos,” Anuel writes. “I have lived it. If a black or a Latino person were to kill a police officer, we would spend the rest of our lives in prison. We cannot stand idle. They should sentence that police officer who killed George Floyd to life in prison.”

Anuel joins multiple Latin artists like Amara La Negra, Zion, Prince Royce, Becky G, Residente, J Balvin, Rosalía, Ricky Martin, among others who have spoken out after the death of George Floyd — an unarmed black person who was suffocated to death by a Minneapolis police officer during an arrest last week.

Today, the music community observes #TheShowMustBePaused, or “Blackout Tuesday,” a peaceful movement launched in the wake of the murders of Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black citizens while incarcerated.

Read Anuel’s message (translated to English) in full below.

“To stay in silence today and not support is betrayal! Racism has to die now! The majority of white Americans in and out of the government have been mistreating, judging and hurting us and our black brothers for far too long. Us, as Latinos, have to support our African-American brothers, we cannot stand there with our arms crossed.

There have been way too many deaths and abuse toward innocent people because of racism and racists who are dressed as police officers. I personally have seen how a police officer kills one of my friends who was unarmed or doing anything to risk the police officer’s life. I saw how he was killed because he knew as a police officer, there wouldn’t be any consequences. In prisons, I have seen the racism against our African-American brothers and toward us Latinos. I have lived it. If a black or a Latino person were to kill a police officer, we would spend the rest of our lives in prison.

We cannot stand idle. They should sentence that police officer who killed George Floyd to life in prison. This world is tired of the same abuse and injustices. Justice needs to be served in the death of George Floyd. We cannot let them continue to do whatever they want with us.” 

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Permanecer en silencio HOY y no apoyar es traición!!!!!!!! EL RACISMO TIENE QUE MORIR YA!!!!!!! LA MAYORÍA DE LOS BLANCOS AMERICANOS EN EL GOBIERNO Y FUERA DEL GOBIERNO LLEVAN DEMASIADO TIEMPO MALTRATANDONOS, JUZGANDO E HIRIENDO A NUESTROS HERMANOS NEGROS Y A NOSOTROS LOS HISPANOS!! ¡¡¡ NOSOTROS COMO LATINOS TENEMOS QUE APOYAR A NUESTROS HERMANOS AFROAMERICANOS, NO NOS PODEMOS QUEDAR CON LOS BRAZOS CRUZADOS, YA HAN SIDO MUCHAS MUERTES Y ABUSO A PERSONAS INOCENTES POR CULPA DEL RACISMO EN MANOS DE RACISTAS VESTIDOS DE POLICÍAS!!!!!! YO EN MI VIDA HE VISTO COMO UN POLICÍA ME MATA UN AMIGO SIN MI AMIGO ESTAR ARMAO NI HACER NADA QUE PUSIERA LA VIDA DEL POLICÍA EN RIESGO, YO VI COMO LO MATÓ ASÍ PORQUE LE DIO LA GANA PORQUE SABÍA QUE NO IBA A HABER CONSECUENCIAS SOLO PORQUE ES POLICÍA… EN LAS PRISIONES YO HE VISTO EL RACISMO CONTRA NUESTROS HERMANOS AFROAMERICANOS Y CONTRA NOSOTROS LOS LATINOS, LO HE VIVIDO EN CARNE PROPIA, SI UN LATINO O UN NEGRO MATA A UN POLICÍA NOS DAN VIDA EN LA PRISION… NO NOS PODEMOS QUEDAR DE BRAZOS CRUZADOS, QUE LE DEN VIDA EN PRISION TAMBIÉN AL POLI QUE MATÓ A GEORGE FLOYD!!!!!!!! DICEN QUE EL FUEGO NO SE APAGA CON FUEGO PERO YA EL MUNDO ESTÁ CANSADO DEL MISMO ABUSO, DE LA INJUSTICIA!!!! QUE SE HAGA JUSTICIA CON LA MUERTE DE GEORGE FLOYD!!!!!!!! NO PODEMOS PERMITIR QUE SIGAN HACIENDO LO QUE LES DA LA GANA CON NOSOTROS

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