Racism Alert: People are Not Okay With Latinos at the American Music Awards

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Let's start with the simple facts.

1.) Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony were all born in the United States of America. Seriously, you can Google it. 

2) If we're saying that Latin music doesn't belong at the American Music Awards because it's not from the U.S., can someone explain why One Direction (a band made in England) and Justin Bieber (Canadian) are there and winning awards? 

3) If we're spotlighting the word "American" in these music awards, we'd like to point out that the United States of America isn't the only "America" around... what's that other place that has America in the name? Shoot, it's just on the tip of our tongue... Oh, right, Latin AMERICA. Where those Latinos are from. 

We'd also like to take this time to point out that the United States of America is a land of immigrants, with different cultures contributing to our "American" culture. And yes, that means music. Celia Cruz was, and is, an important cultural icon for Americans. Yes, we said Americans. At the end of the day, many Latinos ARE Americans and tuning into this show. To deny that fact, and to deny the importance of Latino contributions to the American music scene is absurd. Just because the performance was in Spanish (the second most spoken language in the U.S., with more people speaking it in the U.S.A. than Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined) is not to say something isn't American. It's to highlight that which is the most integral part of the United States: cultural influence from all of our previous nations. 

Lastly, it's important for us to keep talking about these issues. Because you may think this nonsense is only coming from those who hide behind made up Twitter names and computer screens. But this type of language has permeated our mainstream media, influencing others and telling them this rhetoric is okay. Take this tweet from E! Online, which was since deleted:

"@eonline: Nice to see they're previewing the "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights" musical at the #AMAs tonight.”

In any case, with Pitbull as a host, Jennifer Lopez's awesome performance, and Marc Anthony's win (along with fellow Latinos Bruno Mars and Christina Aguilera), it shows that the Latino influence is not only spreading, but is getting the recognition it deserves. Si se puede! 

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