art by Favianna Rodriguez
“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator
We Want Latin Music Fully Recognized At The Grammys
Insiders at the Recording Academy quietly eliminated 31 categories of awards from the Grammys this year, at least 15 of them which are received predominantly by people of color.
Awards for Latin Jazz, Regional Mexican, Banda, Tejano, and Norteño music, all central to Latino culture, were eliminated or consolidated. Awards for Native American, Hawaiian, and Cajun music were eliminated too.
Musicians like Carlos Santana, Ruben Blades, and Bobby Sanabria have all come out under the umbrella of grammywatch.org against these changes, some even calling them racist. As tens of millions prepare to watch the Grammys, let's show the Recording Academy just how many fans the music they refuse to recognize has. Sign this petition so that we can get these categories reinstated by next year.
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