In May, Carlos Santana publicly lashed out against Arizona’s controversial immigration law known as SB 1070 and other states that were passing or attempting to pass similar laws saying they were only created out of fear. Now, on his way back to Arizona to perform, the world-renowned musician says he’s returning to help his audience “go beyond the negativity of fear.”
As Santana prepares to play in Phoenix for his Sound of Collective Consciousness Tour, he remains without kind words for the those behind SB 1070.
The award-winning musician told The Arizona Republic,”I’m not with fear. I am not for you or I or anyone shutting the door on a little child’s fingers. We are all children of God. But fear is fear. If you look at what happened in Germany with the Nazis and the Hebrews, it’s not a healthy thing to just blanket people like that. Surely, we have learned from history that there’s a better way for us to treat each other. We do need to understand that we’re all children of God and we all need to coexist.”
He added that he himself came from Mexico to the U.S. in 1975 and pledged his allegiance to a country with states that have now chosen to treat people unfairly simply because they were not born in America or because of the color of their skin.