Kanye West is in Birmingham, Alabama prepping his "Watch the Throne" tour with Jay-Z; but several college students are asking the rap star to make his voice heard on a hot-button political issue. A petition posted on Change.org has been signed by almost 1,000 students who are asking West to speak out against Alabama’s new immigration law.
They want West to meet with Civil Rights leaders, politicians and other influential individuals in Alabama, about HB 56; a controversial bill that endorses what is being called some of the most extreme anti-immigration legislation in the country.
William Anderson, a student at University of Alabama Birmingham, organized the petition.
“Like thousands of Kanye fans, I grew up listening to Hip-Hop, and it was one of the things that shaped my consciousness about race and justice,” said William Anderson, who launched the campaign on Change. “Alabama’s new immigration law is an attack on the state’s citizens, documented and undocumented. In the spirit of the social justice and hip hop, I hope that Kanye listens to his fans and takes a few minutes to learn and educate others about the crisis that is happening in Alabama.”