Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy Award record-holder Carlos Santana is skeptical of the NFL’s observance of “Hispanic Heritage Month” .
Redbeard: What role do you think the first two Santana albums played in our American culture in the last half of the twentieth century as far as diversity ?
Carlos Santana : Thank you for asking that question. The first Santana was “Richie Valens” . The first Santana was “Jose Feliciano”. When Selena went to the roof of her house and they said, “Hey Selena, what are you doing up there?”, and she said , “I carry the dreams and aspirations of my people. I represent all those people who pick up the grapes, who clean toilets, who change sheets, who baby sit, who garden. I represent all of those people, not just Mexicans, but everyone from Filipinos to everyone who doesn’t have a voice here in the United States.” Before me was Ritchie Valens and Questionmark and The Mysterians with “ 96 Tears”, with Sam the Sham (of The Pharoahs) .
Redbeard: Right. Right.
Carlos: And I know my history and I know who I am and I know where I come from . We want to extend the same invitation to (Oakland Raiders all-pro quarterback) Jim Plunkett for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and also head coach Tom Flores. Because the NFL stands for “Not For Latinos” ! Ya know, here in the United States it’s an equal opportunity for everybody. And that’s what makes the United States great , that everyone can have center stage.
Thank you for this great interview. I thank you from the center of my heart for asking significant questions about healing and coming together with unity and harmony and grace and dignity. Healing. Thank you so much.
Redbeard: Congratulations! Have a wonderful life with your new wife!
Carlos: Thank you! Hey, that’s the best yet. Thank you.