2000 skrev Springsteen låten ”American Skin (41 Shots)” som en direkt kommentar till det meningslösa mordet på Amadou Diallo. Fyra NYPD-poliser sköt den obeväpnade immigranten från Guinea till döds – med 41 (!) skott.
”Eight minutes, 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 wait. Then he had no pulse and still it went on.”
”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. May he rest in peace.
As we speak, 40 million people are unemployed. One hundred thousand-plus citizens have died from Covid-19, with only the most tepid and unfeeling response from our White House.
As of today, our black citizens continue to be killed unnecessarily by our police on the streets of America. And as of this broadcast, the country was on fire and in chaos.”
Efter förra årets smyckeskrin-album (och film), ”Western Stars”, var Boss ursprungliga planer för 2020 ett nytt album med E Street Band och en världsturné, men det satte tyvärr coronaviruset brutalt stopp för.