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Bruce Springsteen’s Song For Trayvon Martin (Video)

Bruce Springsteen’s Song For Trayvon Martin (Video)

 

David Remnick reports for the New Yorker that a somber mood descended on Bruce Springsteen’s concert Thursday in Philadelphia as he introduced his next song saying “this is for Trayvon.”

He sang a version of his song American Skin (41 Shots), which was written after the killing of Amadou Diallo in 1999 by New York police.

Diallo was shot at 41 times. Four officers were in plain clothes and tried to stop Diallo because they claimed he matched the description of a well-armed serial rapist. Diallo attempted to run inside of his apartment. When officers told Diallo to show his hands he reached inside of his jacket to withdraw his wallet. One of the officers shouted “Gun!” and Diallo was then struck by 19 of the 41 bullets shot at him.

The officers were all later acquitted of any charges, which sparked a public outrage in New York City and other parts of the country, with charges of police brutality and racial profiling.

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12:46PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT TRAYVON OR ZIMMERMAN LOOKED LIKE!!!!!Idiots......Trayvon was 17!!!!!Hardly lived a life are you not aware of that you morons!!!?That is not an adult!!!He did nothing wrong to deserve what he got!!!Are you blockheads with not a cell in your heads or just racist pigs!!!!Sorry pigs no insult meant to you.

12:42PM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

There is feeeeeew and far in between artists left in the world with any kind of conciense.This is what true art is about.Making a statement and reflecting on humanity or lack of.Thank you Bruce for being real!!!!!

2:02PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Thanks

12:22PM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

"We have every right to disagree, HOWEVER, Zimmerman was NOT the one crying out for help, it was Trayvon. Several reputable experts, after carefully examining the tapes have all determined that to be the truth. Zimmerman is a murdering racist, and it will come out in trial, if the corrupt Sanford police department stop protecting him and arrest him. Thanks to Jeb Bush initiating the first "stand your ground" law, followed by 20 other states, ANYONE can claim self-defense and shoot dead ANYONE they want. It's a sick, twisted law, and Zimmerman will be found out to be a sick, twisted racist murderer." Ira L.
Good points--Excellent Points--After all, with there being only one out of the two able to tell his side--that IS WHY A POLYGRAPH TEST IS CALL. In addition, with all the connections that this George Zimmerman has--maybe even in the Department of Justice, especially the way the Republican Party is defending him--My blog has also started calling for the United Nations to send an observer--to make sure that there Really Is Justice.

8:18AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Do any of you realize that Bruce is a 1%'er, using tax loopholes to avoid taxes that were intended for those who really need it. But Bruce, as some have said doesn't need to glob onto to anything, should understand he has another side that most on this site would find distasteful.

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4:28AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Kenny, we're so glad you have all the facts to confirm that Zimmerman acted in self-defense.
We have every right to disagree, HOWEVER, Zimmerman was NOT the one crying out for help, it was Trayvon. Several reputable experts, after carefully examining the tapes have all determined that to be the truth. Zimmerman is a murdering racist, and it will come out in trial, if the corrupt Sanford police department stop protecting him and arrest him. Thanks to Jeb Bush initiating the first "stand your ground" law, followed by 20 other states, ANYONE can claim self-defense and shoot dead ANYONE they want. It's a sick, twisted law, and Zimmerman will be found out to be a sick, twisted racist murderer.

4:01AM PDT on Apr 2, 2012

Kenny, we're so glad you have all the facts to confirm that Zimmerman acted in self-defense.
We have every right to disagree, HOWEVER, Zimmerman was NOT the one crying out for help, it was Trayvon. Several reputable experts, after carefully examining the tapes have all determined that to be the truth. Zimmerman is a murdering racist, and it will come out in trial, if the corrupt Sanford police department stop protecting him and arrest him. Thanks to Jeb Bush initiating the first "stand your ground" law, followed by 20 other states, ANYONE can claim self-defense and shoot dead ANYONE they want. It's a sick, twisted law, and Zimmerman will be found out to be a sick, twisted racist murderer.

7:41AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

noted

5:13AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

Why does the media keep showing you pictures of Trayvon when he was twelve. Where are Zimmerman's baby pictures. Just in case you don't know you're being set up by the media. Stop falling for this, they are creating a story. Trayvon didn't like the fact that Zimmerman was checking him out. Than after approaching Zimmerman and seeing he could take him and possibly that he was middle Eastern proceeded to beat on him. Unfortunately for Trayvon Zimmerman came prepared to defend himself. What do you think Zimmerman did Community watch just so he could shoot people? The reason he hasn't been arrested is because he was defending himself.

5:02AM PDT on Apr 1, 2012

So you figure Zimmerman just made all that stuff up about being beaten with no visible evidence and just killed Trayvon for no reason? The police are just going to let him kill people because he does neighborhood watch? This is as dumb as it gets.

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