Less than two weeks ago the Arizona Diamondbacks announced a post-game concert with Hall & Oates to be held during the Independence Day home stand. It would be the beginning of a three game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers which was being termed the “All-American Celebration”. Today the Diamondbacks issued a statement that the concert had been canceled.
The cancellation came from the artists because of their personal views on Arizona’s new immigration law. The group issued the following:
“In addition to our personal convictions, we are standing in solidarity with the music community in our boycott of performing in Arizona at this time. We would like to emphasize that this has nothing to do with the management of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have been professional and cooperative throughout our dealings with them. This is our response to a very specific action of the state.”
I can respect their views. The new immigration law is a polarizing piece of legislation and people feel the need to take a stand regardless of which side they stand. I wonder though if all of these artists and protesters have taken the time to read the law or if they have an alternative to suggest that would solve the problem?
Arizona didn’t ask to be at the center of immigration reform. They have been asking for help from the federal government for quite some time but Washington and in particular the White House do not want to take ownership of the problem. The political landscape is too controversial and with elections coming soon the last thing they want is to alienate potential voters.
So instead they ignore the issue and leave it to the states to attempt to come up with a solution. I don’t like SB1070, I think it is a flawed law which allows racial profiling to become acceptable. But I also don’t like the fact that our state is being subjected to a substantial increase in violent crime much of which is being credited to drug dealers illegally in the country. So if Hall & Oates or any of the people standing outside the baseball stadiums during Diamondbacks road trips have a better idea please share it.