A Playlist For Our Wetbacks in Arizona And For All Who Pray For Them

By: Rolando Rodriguez

There’s something so powerful about music. It gets us through life’s bullshit. We need it more for our downs than our ups, if you ask us.

If you follow this Latino hip-hop dimension of Rocks Off then you know we’re fucking crazy liberal and we live and breathe the modern day civil rights movement, but it doesn’t feel so modern in Arizona, because the shit we’re seeing there is reminiscent of Jim Crow.

As we speak, there’s a national firestorm of controversy around an Arizona bill, SB1070, before their governor, Jan Brewer, that if signed would give police the power to arrest and charge people for being in the country illegally, mainly undocumented Latino immigrants.

Essentially, it’s a racial profiling program targeting brown folk. Let us tell you the problem with that.

In a country where many Americans are also Latino, and those Latinos have ancestral roots that trace back to some form of immigration, legal and illegal, the political and legal lines that have been drawn by a largely conservative base separating Americans from illegal aliens aren’t so defining for many Latinos in this country.

In fact, they’re actually pretty blurry. For many Latinos, it’s not an “us against them” scenario.

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