Grammy-winning Maverick musician reportedly beaten in Nashville for speaking Spanish
A trumpeter for the Mavericks, a Grammy-winning country band, said he and a friend were brutally beaten at a bar just outside Nashville over the weekend for speaking Spanish in what the two had. called “a hate crime”.
Lorenzo Molina of the Mavericks, along with his friend and fellow musician Orlando Morales, were at a restaurant and sports bar called Tony’s Eat and Drink in Franklin, Tennessee on Saturday night when they said they were violently approached by a group of white men .
According to a Facebook post from a friend that Molina shared on her page, the men told Molina and Morales to “speak English in this fucking country”, before the attack began.
According to a statement from the Franklin Police Department, authorities were contacted after one of the men was admitted to the emergency room at a local hospital.
“No one has been charged, but this case clearly commands our attention and we pledge to detain anyone violent assault like this one responsible, ”the Franklin Police Department said in a statement Tuesday, and added that they were offering up to $ 1,000 to anyone who can go ahead with information.
“We are doing everything we can to cooperate with the police in the investigation of this matter. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to those affected by the altercation that has occurred. We want to be clear that we do not support racism or condone hate crime in our establishment and take this issue seriously, ”Tony’s Eat and Drink said in a statement on the restaurant. Facebook page.
A GoFundMe set up for the two men raised more than $ 20,000.
“It saddens us endlessly to learn of the assault on our bandmate … and his friend,” Mavericks singer Raul Malo said in a declaration Tuesday on behalf of the group. “For this onslaught to happen as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with our own performance (with Lorenzo) tonight at the Hispanic Heritage Awards, it shows that while we’ve come a long way, we still have a long way to go. Browse. America is better than this.
The Mavericks won a Grammy Award for the best country performance by a duo or a group with vocals in 1995 for an interpretation of their song, The rain is coming. They have been named eight more times, as of 2017. The number of hate crimes reported in the United States has increased, especially against Latinos. In 2018, reported hate crimes were at their highest 16 years olds, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The year marked the most reported hate crimes against Latinos since 2010. Some critics have blamed Trump and his rhetoric in denouncing immigration from Central and South America. “When Mexico sends its people, it is not sending the best of itself,” Trump said in 2015, when he announced his candidacy for the president in New York. “They send people who have a lot of problems, and they bring these problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They bring crime. They are rapists. And some, I guess, are good people.