This piece was designed in June 2020 at the height of racial tensions and exasperation nationwide following the police’s brutal murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. As fans of Manu Chao, the song “Lagrimas De Oro” seemed to resonate with us during this time, as he sings in his song:

Tú no tienes la culpa mi amor
Que el mundo sea tan feo
Tú no tienes la culpa mi amor
De tanto tiroteo
Vas por la calle llorando
Lágrimas de oro
Vas por la calle brotando
Lágrimas de oro

Translated in English, the song’s chorus goes as follows:

You are not to blame my love
That the world is so ugly
You are not to blame my my love
From so much shooting
You go down the street crying
Golden tears
You go down the street sprouting
Golden tears.

Among so much despair, this song is objectively beautiful.  Chao describes these tears as golden, as they are shed in frustration, empathy and compassion for those who are constantly suffering at the hands of such violence. We’ve marched our own streets, crying golden tears ourselves -- protesting for the rights of black citizens to live without fear of constant violence and discrimination from those who are employed to protect them.

Though the protests may have died down in size and media coverage, the fight for equality will continue.