Photo: Petitioners Asking Rapper Kanye West to Stand With them Against Alabama Immigration Law
Kanye West, the man who has pegged himself as the voice of this generation, has been asked to speak to Alabama legislators about the state’s harsh new immigration law.
A petition with nearly 1,000 has asked the rapper/producer to speak with Alabama leaders during while in Birmingham for his Watch the Throne tour alongside rapper/mogul Jay-Z.
The petition began on the website Change.org by William Anderson, a Birmingham resident, who asked others to join him in his attempt to get West’s attention.
The Alabama law, formerly known as House Bill (HB) 56 has been called discriminatory and racist by many, and has been deemed the most anti-immigrant law in the nation.
On the cause’s Change.org page, Anderson writes:
Alabama [has] passed a heinous immigration law (HB56) that makes children afraid to go to school, criminalizes aiding or helping undocumented immigrants, and even legalizes racial profiling. This law is an attack on the state’s citizens, documented and undocumented—white, black, brown, and otherwise. It has taken Alabama backward, to an era that civil rights leaders have fought hard to overcome. It is a dire situation that affects people of all colors, classes, and statuses, as our state is already being crippled economically by the exodus of the migrant population.
In the spirit of social justice and hip hop, please help us get the message to a world-renowned artist that we need help in this fight. Kanye West has spoken out publicly about issues of racial and economic justice before, and earlier this month he even showed up at Occupy Wall Street. Getting Kanye to speak out while he’s in Birmingham would have a dramatic impact on letting folks around the country see what is wrong with extreme immigration policy like Alabama’s.
The petition, “Ask Kayne West to Denounce Racist Law while in Alabama”, currently has 1,089 signatures, including Devon Morrisette who wrote, “This is the country’s harshest anti-immigration law, yet it hasn’t received half the attention Arizona did. We need more people to talk about this. We need a bigger voice. Kanye can give that to us!”
West has not released an official statement to the press or via Twitter regarding the petition, though he is scheduled to be in Atlanta, GA on the 28th to kick off his tour with Jay-Z.