Psst, Donald Trump: ‘We're All Mexican’ Strikes Back at Anti-Immigrant Haters

Grammy-winning producer Emilio Estefan is fed up with racism and bigotry in political discourse.
Sep 21, 2015·
Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

A star-studded lineup of musical artists and celebrities has a clear message that seems aimed at cable news talking heads, politicians, and presidential candidates: Enough with the anti-immigrant rhetoric.

Indeed, “We’re All Mexican,” a tribute song and video released this past Sunday, celebrates the American dream and spotlights the positive contributions of Latinos to the United States. The clip features images and video footage of Mexican American military heroes, packed concerts, and workers toiling on the nation’s farms. Oh, and there’s a dancing chihuahua and guacamole too—just in case you needed a reminder of things from Mexico that Americans totally love.

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Grammy Award–winning musician and producer Emilio Estefan is the creative brain behind the project, which also features the talents of more than two dozen performers from diverse backgrounds—showing that it’s not just folks of Mexican descent who are standing up against prejudice.

Estefan, who is Cuban American, collaborated with famed Mexican singer Thalia, Cuban American rapper Pitbull, Puerto Rican reggaeton star Wisin, Mexican American rapper Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, and guitarist Carlos Santana, as well as Haitian American rapper Wyclef. Entertainers Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Eva Longoria, Perez Hilton, and Estefan’s wife, Grammy-winning singer Gloria Estefan, are some of the stars who appear in the video.

The song’s title is “intended as a metaphor symbolizing that we can all become the victims of racism and bigotry at any moment as Mexicans are experiencing in recent times,” says the video’s YouTube description. “Mexicans are being vilified in the United States by some of the media and political leaders and in some of the public’s sentiment because they comprise 67 percent of the Latino population and because their native country shares a direct border with the United States and they are the majority of the ‘Latinos’ crossing that particular border.”

Back in June, Donald Trump threw gasoline on the anti-immigrant fire in a speech in which he said that Mexico is “sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and they’re rapists.” Trump has since championed the movement for an end to birthright citizenship and said that if he is elected, he will deport 11 million illegal immigrants. A full 70 percent of Latinos polled by Marist/MSNBC/Telemundo last week said they had a negative view of Trump, a number that’s consistent with polls from earlier in the summer.

In an appearance on CNN on Monday, Estefan did not mention Trump by name, but he said we “need to select a president who brings love” and “brings everybody together.” Instead, Estefan said, he sees “a lot of hate, a lot of things bringing people apart, and I think that’s not the future of this country.”