Together Boston, the music festival in the United States that Mos Def Yasiin Bey was set to perform at on May 15th, missed one of its headlining acts because Bey wasn’t allowed back into the United States. An official statement from the organization that curated the festival reads as follows:
We regret to inform you that due to immigration / legal issues Yasiin Bey is unable to enter back into the United States and his upcoming U.S. tour has been canceled, including May 15th, Together Boston’s show at The Wilbur Theatre. Individual ticket refunds for this show are available at point of sale.
Yasiin Bey’s interview w| Rolling Stone on his move to South Africa:
“So many fantastic people in almost every area of endeavor. And yet, I see the same dynamic people, many of them doubtful or fearful, or feeling like what they have to offer is beautiful only to them and not valued by the world, and that there’s not quite a place in the world for it. And I find it curious that all of this enthusiasm that all of the rest of the world has for Africa in general and South Africa in particular is not really shared as heartily by Africans themselves. I find that to be very, very, very curious. Because I’ve seen some beautiful places. I’ve been to Brazil numerous times, all throughout Asia, all throughout the best places in Europe, the best places in the States, even as far as some of Scandanavia. Amazing talent, amazing places. But nobody, excluding any place, is like Africa. Nobody. And that’s not a past-time or history, that’s today—the arts, the crafts, the thoughts, the concepts, the energy, the people that are comin out of this continent are unlike any other in the world”.
Now I wonder why the U.S. government wouldn’t let him back into the country… Maybe because he is a conscious hip hop artist who has something to say about the way in which the United States conducts foreign and at home policies when it comes to people of color and immigrants.
In this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOb77uMIztM Yasiin Bey demonstrates, and is unable to go through fully with the process of force feeding prisoners in Guantánamo Bay.
He has spoken out loud against this corrupt government, and history has shown that people who do so are titled terrorists / criminals. This country and others alike feel the urgency to label persons who speak out consciously against governmental crimes, yes I said crimes by this government. Yasiin Bey and others who share the same humane thoughts for a better world are targeted and surveilled as if they’ve relinquished their right as citizens, as humans who have a right to privacy, free speech and minds of their own.
The U.S. government is the true terrorist.