Monday, May 16, 2011

Santana Uses Celebrity for Good

Atlanta/Arizona Civil Rights Baseball Game as Moment of Kairos

While honored with the "Beacon of Change" award, Carlos Santana criticizes recent Atlanta immigration bill passed similar to Arizona's SB 1070. Seizing the moment, during which he was honored for his contributions to civil rights, Santana attacked the bill for its lack of humanity. I have yet to read/watch any cable news interpretations of Santana practicing what he was being awarded for, but I am familiar with the irony of people who respond that they do not want think critically about politics during a sporting event, even when the sporting event is played in commemoration of civil rights.

 (photo by Curtis Compton of AJC)

 In the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Santana is quoted:

“This is about fear, that people are going to steal my job,” Santana said of the law. “No we ain’t. You don’t clean toilets and clean sheets, stop shucking and jiving.”
Santana referenced his 1960s rock-n-roll background and said he is an artist unafraid to speak out.
"It’s an anti-American law. It’s a cruel law, actually," Santana said. "If you all remember what it was like here with Martin Luther King and the dogs and the hoses, it’s the same thing, only it’s high tech. So let’s change it.”

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