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Santana Management's official response to the questions surrounding the Che Guevera T-shirt that Carlos wore at the Oscars

At this year's Academy Awards, Carlos Santana was invited to perform, along with Antonio Banderas, the winner of Best Original Song:  "Al Otro Lado Del Dio" from The Motorcycle Diaries, a movie based on a nonfiction novel, the "Motorcycle Diaries" by Ernesto Guevara de la Serna and "Traveling With Che Guevara" by Alberto Granado.  For that occasion, Carlos Santana wore a shirt with a Che Guevara image from a famous graphic poster underneath his suit. The image was not intended to project a single note of the hatred, anger or revolutionary ruthlessness displayed when Che Guevara was a revolutionary leader in Cuba. It was worn to honor the soulful young man portrayed in the movie, who awoke to the struggle of the disenfranchised and who had a profound political epiphany during a journey across South America.  The image was not meant to be an endorsement about a man who helped to establish the Castro dictatorship in Cuba.  

Carlos Santana has always preached non-violence and spiritual awakening to promote a consciousness evolution, not revolution.  The film and book portrayed Che as a person who cared about the poor and the needy.  Santana Management hopes that those people who were offended by the image will understand the intention in which Carlos displayed it.

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