Another Day, Another Outrage

Today I’ll give BP a rest because I have and likely will continue to chew on them in the months ahead. Instead, let’s go to Arizona – the place Los Lobos won’t go. According to a recent press release, the band has cancelled its upcoming show at The Talking Stick Resort July 10 because of the call to boycott Arizona based on the passage of State Bill 1070.

“We support the boycott of Arizona,” the band said in a statement. “The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino. As a result, in good conscience, we could not see ourselves performing in Arizona. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort and our fans, but we feel strongly that it is the right thing to do.”

  • Benito

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

  • Los Lobos sure aren't the only ones, either…
    The Sound Strike has gotten a slew of artists together to boycott the state: http://www.thesoundstrike.net/

    And there's this list of boycotters compiled by the Arizona Republic: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/busine

  • Cityfolk Tom

    Way to take a stand, guys!

    We'll gladly have you back in Dayton, OH…great hang last fall when you were in town!