During a recent sold-out concert, Mexican rock group Maná spread pro-immigrant and pro-environment messages to its fans, the Latin American Herald Tribune reports. “Never forget your roots…we have to keep fighting those lousy damn racists,” lead singer Fernando “Fher” Olvera told the crowd of about 10,000 people.
During the concert, which was held at George Mason University in Virginia, Olvera called on Latinos to fight back against what he described as a wave of racism against immigrants in the country. He spoke in reference to recent immigration laws that several states have attempted to pass to combat illegal immigration in the U.S. – the most notorious one being Arizona’s SB 1070. The law gave state and local police the power to check the immigration status of people they stop before it was ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court earlier this year.
Surrounded by huge flags of Latin American countries, the 51-year-old lead singer joined cheering fans in shouts of Mexican pride. He added that he was grateful to the advisers to President Obama, whom the band supported in 2008. The two-hour concert was part of the iconic band’s promotion for its new album, Drama y Luz. The album, which was released in April, is the first studio album Maná has recorded in five years.