Digital News Report– Ray Stevens has been joining the political debate this last year by making music videos that he posts on YouTube. Stevens was first made popular in the 1970’s song, ‘Everything is Beautiful.’ In April of 2010, Stevens released a CD and DVD collection called, ‘We the People’, which was played at the Tea Party tax day protest group rally in Washington D.C. ‘We the People’ contains 22 political songs. Stevens first released his political music video song called ‘Come to the USA’ on May 13, 2010 which was about the illegal immigration debate.
In the latest music video, Stevens sings his song ‘God save Arizona’, which is about the controversy surrounding the state of Arizona passing legislation that would require everyone to have citizenship papers or documentation showing they are legally in the United States. People that are caught transporting or housing people that are undocumented are also subject to penalties too.
Hispanics that are legal citizens are feeling like they are being unfairly racially targeted by the new Arizona law. However, on the other side of the debate, illegal Mexicans crossing the borders have caused dangerous living conditions for US property owners that are on the US side of the Mexican border.
In the ‘God save Arizona’ music video, Stevens sings that the Federal government should stay out of this debate and let the Arizona government have the documentation law.
By: Victoria Brown
Here is the Ray Stevens – God Save Arizona YouTube Video