Carlos Santana, during an acceptance speech Saturday in Atlanta for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Beacon Awards, had a few simple words for Georgia’s political leaders who recently voted to pass the controversial HB 87 immigration bill “Shame on You!”
The bill signed Friday by Gov. Nathan Deal sets mandatory requirements for police and employers to screen suspects and job applicants for immigration status. Many contest the legislation arguing that it will promote racial profiling, increase the rate of deportation and adversely affect the state’s economy.
Santana, who is of Hispanic descent, was selected for the Beacon Award due to his multi-generational efforts to unify people through music. The Beacon Award for “Change,” is bestowed upon individuals who “think innovatively”. Santana has used the power of words and sound as vehicles for change.