Carlos Santana & Georgia

May 16, 2011 by Post Team 

Carlos Santana & GeorgiaCarlos Santana & Georgia, Carlos Santana on Sunday used the annual Baseball Civil Rights Game as a platform to warn Georgia and Arizona for its new immigration laws. Santana received the Beacon of change before the Braves game, the Phillies. The Grammy-winning musician said he represented the immigrants before adding: “The people of Arizona, and the people of Atlanta, Georgia, they should be ashamed of themselves.”

Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia on Friday signed a bill cracking down on illegal immigration in the state. The law requires many employers to verify the immigration status of new employees and officials of authorized law enforcement to verify immigration status of some suspects.

Georgia’s new law shares some similarities to one enacted last year in Arizona. “This law is not correct. It is a cruel law, in fact,” Santana said in an impromptu news conference after the ceremony. “It’s scary. Stop peeled and jiving. People are afraid we will steal your work. No, they are not. Not going to change sheets and clean toilets.”

Santana said: “This is the U.S. This is the land of freedom if people want immigration laws to keep going, then everyone should leave and let the Native Americans here …

Reverend Jesse Jackson delivered the Beacon of Life Award for the Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.

“I have not done anything to win, but I appreciate it,” said Banks.

Former Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe presented the Award of Hope Lighthouse with actor Morgan Freeman, wearing a jacket and a Negro League Atlanta Black Crackers cap.

Al Roker, co-host of NBC’s Today show, was the moderator of the ceremony and presented a video tribute to the Braves Hall of Fame, Hank Aaron, who received an ovation from the fans in his hometown.

The Braves and Phillies uniforms back in the 1974 season, the year Aaron broke Babe Ruth’s career home run record.

Two leaders of the civil rights movement in Atlanta, Andrew Young, former mayor and the Rev. Joseph Lowery, went to the mound for the ceremonial first pitches, thrown to two African-American stars – Phillies slugger Ryan Howard and Jason Heyward Atlanta.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig attended the ceremony.

This is the fifth game of baseball on Civil Rights. The first event was in Memphis in 2007.

“Anytime you can honor the people who changed the game, it’s a good thing,” said Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro.

The game will also return to Atlanta in 2012.

“I think it’s the perfect city to host this,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez.

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