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Chuck D Speaks Out Against Arizona Immigration Law
Chuck D is calling for action. In a new song called, “Tear Down That Wall” and in a statement co-written by his wife, the rapper is speaking out against the new Arizona Immigration Law that will require police to question anyone they think may not be legal citizens.
In his new song, Chuck D calls this, “the growing tangible and intangible wall existing between the black and brown people in North America.” The saying “Tear Down That Wall” is a clear reference to former president Reagan’s criticism of communist countries for not wanting to tear down the Berlin Wall.
In their statement, Chuck D and his wife, Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, “Jan Brewer’s decision to sign the Arizona immigration bill into law is racist, deceitful, and reflects some of the most mean-spirited politics against immigrants that the country has ever seen.”
They also talk about the impact this will have on policing, “The power that this law gives to police, to detain people that they suspect to be undocumented, brings racial profiling to a new low.
Listen to “Tear Down The Wall”, HERE.
Their statement ended with the following call to action:
“These actions must stop. I am issuing a call to action, urging my fellow musicians, artists, athletes, performers, and production companies to refuse to work in Arizona until officials not only overturn this bill, but recognize the human rights of immigrants,” Chuck D expressed. “This should include the NBA playoffs, revisiting the actions of the NFL in 1993, when they moved the Super Bowl to Pasadena in protest against Arizona’s refusal to recognize Dr. King. We all need to speak up in defense of our brothers and sisters being victimized in Arizona, because things are only getting worse. What they’re doing to immigrants is appalling, but it will be even more damning if we remain silent.’”
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