It takes a lot of guts to tell a crowd of thousands that they should be “ashamed of themselves.” But that’s exactly what legendary guitarist Carlos Santana did at Atlanta’s Turner Field on Sunday, responding to the state’s recent immigration legislation.
It all went down at baseball’s Civil Rights Game between the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. Santana was actually being honored for his humanitarian work, but took the opportunity to speak out against a Georgia law that sounds very similar to Arizona’s SB 1070.
“The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, you should be ashamed of yourselves,” Carlos exclaimed on the field. “This law is not correct. It’s a cruel law, actually. This is about fear. Stop shucking and jiving. People are afraid we’re going to steal your job. No, we aren’t. You’re not going to change sheets and clean toilets. …”
Not surprisingly, the unplanned statement led to huge boos from the crowd. Santana, who himself hails from Mexico, has been a passionate spokesman against anti-immigrant laws. The Georgia bill, signed by Governor Nathan Deal, would give police in the state the right to check citizenship status of people they suspect to be undocumented.
And even though the Atlanta Field crowd may not have all been behind him, it’s clear that the world wide web has got Carlos’ back! Hundreds of bloggers, tweeters, and social media gurus pledged their support for Santana after the incident.
By Michael Lopez