Like every other Latin American country and state, Puerto Rico has a long and torrid history with racism.
On the island, hundreds of protestors are now also taking place in the demonstrations that were sparked by the death of African-American police victim, George Floyd. In an effort to combat racism, protesters marched outside the mansion of Governor Wanda Vázquez in Old San Juan. Meanwhile, they chanted and demanded justice for George Floyd while also demanding change in Puerto Rico.
Ignoring the island’s coronavirus curfew, protestors took to the street and protested with all sorts of messages, but the one that truly caught those of us watching was the moment when protestors brought in a guillotine.
As anger and frustration continued to fuel the demonstrations, protestors brought in a massive guillotine to the Governor’s Mansion.
Shariana Ferrer-Núñez, a member of Puerto Rico’s Feminist Collective Under Construction, told Democracy Now that “We recognize that we must dismantle white supremacy, we must dismantle a racialized system, we must eradicate anti-Black violence” about the demonstrations.
According to the blog Orlando Latina, “For Puerto Rico’s elected class, the guillotine ought to be a terrifying symbol, as indeed it was during the French Revolution. But I doubt it, for the political class is a self-serving, self-dealing “firm” that has become unmoored from the people on the ground and oblivious to its needs.”
Here’s hoping this symbol hits elected officials in Puerto Rico enough to attempt to make change.
Right-wing conservatives really don’t know how to have a good time.
You may remember about a year ago the GOP was up in arms when 30 seconds of a 4-minute, 20-second video that featured a then-freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dancing in a video filmed at her alma mater Boston University. The video saw Ocasio-Cortez, who graduated from BU in 2011 with a degree in economics and international relations, imitating dance scenes from popular 1980s films and upset conservatives because she was… dun. DUN. DUNNN.
Now it seems the GOP are startled again, this time after seeing Sen. Kamala Harris breakout some moves of her own.
In a recent post published by The Washington Street Journal, author Peggy Noonan revealed that she took umbrage with Harris’s dance moves.
Noonan, a former speechwriter for Ronald Reagan and past winner of a Pulitzer Prize for commentary, spent her time scrutinizing Harris’ recent appearance at a recent campaign rally in Jacksonville, FL. For her appearance, Harris wore Converse sneakers and danced in the rain.
Noonan remarked that the senator’s “giddy” appearance was unserious. “She’s dancing with drum lines and beginning rallies with ‘Wassup, Florida!” Noonan remarked. “She’s throwing her head back and laughing a loud laugh, especially when nobody said anything funny. She’s the younger candidate going for the younger vote, and she’s going for a Happy Warrior vibe, but she’s coming across as insubstantial, frivolous.” Noonan also called Harris’s moves “embarrassing.”
“Kamala Harris is running for vice president of the United States in an era of heightened and unending crisis,” she went onto write. “The world, which doubts our strength, our character, and our class, is watching. If you can’t imitate gravity, could you at least try for seriousness?”
Of course, in this piece, Noonan had nothing to say about Trump’s attempts at dancing which are in fact deeply embarrassing.
Many have been quick to highlight Noonan’s criticism and the double standard which she applied to Harris’ behavior in her piece.
“Peggy Noonan attacks Senator Harris b/c white supremacy dictates black women should stay in their place: quiet, subservient, and obedient,” one Twitter commented. “This is 2020. You don’t dictate Kamala Harris’s existence. You can’t take Kamala Harris’s joy.”
“This is the joy that so triggered Peggy Noonan that she wrote a column about how Senator Harris comes off as ‘insubstantial, frivolous,’” African American Policy Forumcommented. “Black joy is something they feel the need to attack.”
The beloved singer-songwriter with a five-octave vocal range is calling for the use of that power with her latest music video for her new song “Save the Day.” The song which features Lauryn Hill summons her fans to take action this year and vote their hearts out. The new single comes from Carey’s new two-disc compilation album, The Rarities which is available now and is a reminder that when it comes to our future “it’s up to us.”
And while the message behind “Save the Day” is getting quite a bit of love for how powerful it is, really it’s its drive to elevate Black Stories that is getting attention.
To create the animated music video, Carey partnered with PushBlack, a non-profit media organization that produces Black stories, to honor Black influencers. Kerry Washington, PushBlack’s Julian Black, and the agency Maestra’s De’Ara Balenger and Zara Rahim worked to produce the film. Throughout the animated video, portraits of important Black people and essential workers come across the screen.
The video pays tribute to Black Lives Matter inspiration Breonna Taylor, Congressman John Lewis, Sojourner Truth, Fredrick Douglass, and trans activist Raquel Willis with powerful animations. The video also features essential workers.
This isn’t the first video created for “Save the Day.”
Carey issued another version of the video for the song at the opening ceremony for the Women’s U.S. Open. The animated version however works to illustrate the song’s themes in a way that works as a call to action to all watching to do their part in restoring our democracy.
“Our country is at a critical moment in history, and I felt compelled to do what I could using my platform of music to encourage us all to take action,” Carey said in a statement about the video. “My hope is that the ’Save The Day’ video will serve as an inspiring message and spark meaningful dialogue and action across the country, for each of us to do our part to save the day.’ The lyrics of this song are all about doing your part to make a difference and highlighting the impact that each of us can make. Whether you’re an essential worker, a protestor, a student, a young parent making it work, or a first-time voter, we each have a duty to support our communities.”
Speaking about her daughter’s appearance in the video, Tamika Palmer issued a press announcement.
“Breonna’s life was tragically and wrongfully taken from her, but her death cannot be in vain,” Palmer stated. “There is so much at stake and we all must do our part. Having my beautiful daughter featured in the video is a testament to our people coming together in the face of tremendous adversity.”
Check out the Lyrics to “Save the Day” below
[Intro: Mariah Carey] We’re all in this together You’re my only hope And it’s too divided, too deep to understand But if we don’t do it, tell me, who will? Oh, we always say these words that don’t mean too much I wonder, where is the love? It’s curious The fear still holding us down One day, will we look up?
[Verse 1: Mariah Carey] You got a right to your own opinion But when it comes to the world we live in Isn’t it time that we start rebuilding All of the things that have basically crumbled? We all tend to forget that We all cease to exist if Wе all live for ourselves If nobody bothеrs to find a solution
[Chorus: Mariah Carey] If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t We won’t ever learn to save the day, woah, oh If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t We won’t ever learn to save the day
[Verse 2: Mariah Carey] We’re all in this together You’re my only hope (Only hope) And it’s too divided, too deep to understand But if we don’t do it, tell me, who will? Yeah Always say these words that don’t mean too much I wonder, where is the love? It’s curious That fear still holding us back One day, will we look up? It’s up to us
[Chorus: Mariah Carey] If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t We won’t ever learn to save the day, woah, oh (To save the day, to save the day) If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t (Come on, come on) (Will we?) We won’t ever learn to save the day (Ever learn, no)
[Bridge: Mariah Carey & Lauryn Hill] La-la-la, la, la-la, la Woah, la Woah, la (Ah, ah, ah) La If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t We won’t ever learn to save the day, woah, oh (To save the day) If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t (And she won’t) We won’t ever learn to save the day, woah, oh (I’ma have to learn to save the day) If he won’t, and she won’t, and they won’t, then we won’t (All God’s children, all God’s children) We won’t ever learn to save the day (All God’s children, to save the day)
[Outro: Mariah Carey] We gon’ learn, we gon’ learn Said we gotta learn