“Hey hey, ho ho. Racism has got to go!” This chant echoed along Fifth Avenue in New York on Saturday evening as protesters marched from Trump Tower to NBC’s Rockefeller Center headquarters ahead of Donald Trump hosting Saturday Night Live.
Since SNL announced that Trump would host an episode weeks ago, several Latino groups have registered their outrage. Through letters to NBC and SNL, to Twitter campaigns decrying #RacismIsntFunny, groups like The Hispanic Federation, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) have attempted to get the network to oust Trump as a host due to comments he’s made that they deem racist. However, Trump is still set to host the show, so the groups took to the streets to voice their disapproval.
“This is all about the fact that Donald Trump is a racist and a bigot,” explained Brent Wilkes, the National Executive Director of LULAC and one of the march’s organizers. “He’s specifically singled out the Latino community and said we are killers, rapists, criminals, and drug dealers. That’s terribly unacceptable because that’s 57 million Americans that want nothing more than to live the American dream. It’s especially unacceptable for a comedy show, because racism’s not funny.”
The protesters congregated outside of Trump Tower at around 6 p.m. ET and started their march a half hour after that. With them, the demonstrators carried a box of 577,494 petitions asking NBC to dump Trump as an SNL host, which were obtained from the website RacismIsntFunny.com. As the group chanted, they were met with mixed reactions. Many cars honked in support, and a few people walking by chanted or clapped along with the marchers, while other drivers yelled things in opposition, like, “Trump is No. 1!”
The eight-block march ended before 7 p.m., when the protesters reached 30 Rock to join a large group of people who were already there. They plan to continue their protests outside of NBC until 9 p.m. when the last of SNL‘s audience members will have entered the building.