Should the Latin music industry confront lazy stereotypes and unfair perceptions from some elements of the populace at large, or just ignore them?

On July 16, Marc Anthony performed “God Bless America” during the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Citi Field in Queens. It was one of those vintage Anthony performances: emotional, flawless and distinctive. And it made perfect sense. Anthony—born and raised in New York, the son of Puerto Rican parents—has for years been a go-to guy to sing patriotic songs at sporting events, with Ryan Seacrest calling his performance of the national anthem at the 2011 NBA finals one of the 10 best in history.

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