A recent New York Times article stated that when it comes to suffering from police violence, Latinos are largely silent even though it’s all people talk about around the country these days.
One of the primary reasons the Times cited was immigration: the fear of confronting the authorities stops them from standing up for themselves. “You have a lot of Latinos who are living without papers, under the radar, who are abused by regular police as well,” said Angelo Falcón, co-founder of the National Institute of Latino Policy. There is also no high-profile figure representing this group, which is essential in attracting media coverage.
Using #BlackLivesMatter as a protest model, we must continue to speak out against the police brutality, mass incarceration, homelessness, lack of adequate health care that Latinos are facing in the U.S.Together, we wanted to remember and honor some of the people we’ve lost.