June 4, 2020

Bruce Springsteen mourns George Floyd, calls for new Civil Rights movement

Thank you to the Asbury Park Press for this recap on the recent episode of Bruce’s SiriusXM Guest DJ session:

A solemn remembrance, and a vision for the future.

Bruce Springsteen dedicated the opening song of his “Bruce Springsteen: From His Home, To Yours” SiriusXM broadcast on Wednesday, June 3, to the memory of the late George Floyd.

The song was his own “American Skin (41 Shots).”

“Eight minutes,” Springsteen said. “That song is almost eight minutes long. And that’s how long it took George Floyd to die with a Minneapolis officer’s knee buried into his neck. That’s a long time. That’s how long he begged for help and said he couldn’t breathe. The arresting officer’s response was nothing but silence and weight. Then he had no pulse and still it went on.”

“American Skin (41 Shots)’ was written about the 1999 shooting death of Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old unarmed immigrant from Guinea, by four New York City plain-clothes police officers. Four officers were at the scene of the fatal Floyd arrest in Minneapolis on May 25. 

Protests have since ensued across the country, including in Freehold, Asbury Park and in front of the White House.

“That goes out to Seattle, to New York, to Miami, to Atlanta, to Chicago, to Dallas, to Philadelphia, to Washington, to Los Angeles, to Asbury Park, to Minneapolis and to the memory of George Floyd,” Springsteen said. “May he rest in peace.

Read the complete article at APP.com.