“We’ve gotta do everything to help our black brothers and sisters, and also speak up for ourselves.”
John Leguizamo wants to remind Latinos why they should stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
The actor spoke with Remezcla on Tuesday in a conversation pegged to his newest film “The Infiltrator.” During the interview, Leguizamo weighed in on the Black Lives Matter activism, which have grown stronger across the country after the tragic deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police on July 5 and 6, respectively.
On the topic of Black and brown unity, the 51-year-old said the following:
We’re not strangers to Black Lives Matter. How many people are being abused by border patrol? How much horrible abuse is not being filmed because people don’t have access to iPhones? There’s a lot of abuse going on and brown lives matter, too. And we’ve gotta do our part. We’ve gotta do our social media part, people need to protest, you need to call government officials, write letters. We’ve gotta do everything to help our black brothers and sisters, and also speak up for ourselves. Latin people are the most bullied people in this country right now. It’s the minority that’s the most bullied in schools, and there’s a huge amount of violence being perpetrated on our kids. And it’s a tragedy and it shouldn’t be happening, and it really hurts me as an American.