José Feliciano speaks about segregation of another color
World famous Puerto Rican guitarist, José Feliciano performed in Buffalo Saturday, October 16, for the 75th Anniversary of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Kleinhans Music Hall. Before he performed his last song of the evening, Feliz Navidad, he commented to the audience, “nosotros Latinos estamos jodidos.”
After his performance I went back stage to ask him about the significance of the statement. I asked José Feliciano, jokingly, “es verdad que nosotros Latinos estamos jodidos como usted dijo?”
Although Mr. Feliciano received many awards and accolades in his 60 years as a Puerto Rican-American performing artist, beginning in 1969 when he won his first Grammy Award, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1987), El Premio Billboard ( 1993), Hispanic Heritage Award Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), nominated for 16 Grammy Awards and earning eight Grammy Awards and over four-five Gold and Platinum records, written musical scores for other genre, and recognized in other countries, especially Latin America and Europe, the Kennedy Center Honors has not recognized him. Chita Rivera (2002) the only Hispanic, the Kennedy Center Honors, recognized in its 32 years of existence created in 1978 to honor an American artist in the performing arts who contributed to American culture.
Solo una Latina en los 32 años del “Kennedy Center Honors.” Tal vez es cierto que “Nosotros los latinos ESTAMOS jodidos!”