Carlos Santana, the influential American-Mexican guitarist, was booed by some sections of the Atlanta Braves' 'Turner Field' yesterday (15th May 2011) following a rant about the state's immigration policy. Carlos Santana was at the stadium to receive Major League Baseball's 'Beacon of Change' award, but after taking the microphone he said the city of Atlanta should be "ashamed" for passing certain immigration bills, reports Usa Today.
The recent bills have been widely regarded as racially motivated, and the Grammy Award winning artist criticised the decision during his acceptance speech. The new bill will controversially allow law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of some suspects. Santana blasted the legislation, saying, "Most people at this point they are either afraid to really say what needs to be said, this is the United States the land of the free.If people want the immigration law to keep passing in every state then everybody should get out and just leave the American Indians here. This is about civil rights". The guitarist also spoke with the media during the Phillies-Braves game and called for a boycott by Latin workers in Georgia, saying, "I would invite all Latin people to do nothing for about two weeks so you can see who really, really is running the economy. Who cleans the sheets? Who cleans the toilets? Who babysits?".
Carlos Santana immigrated to San Francisco in the 1960's and soon became one of the world's most famous musicians. He has since won 10 Grammy Awards and 3 Latin Grammy Awards.