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Bruce Springsteen

America's Still Racist ...

Trayvon Martin Is Amadou Diallo

7/17/2013 10:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Trayvon Martin
is proof that America is just as racist now as it was in 1999 ... when NYC police officers fatally shot a black immigrant named Amadou Diallo -- so says Bruce Springsteen.

Springsteen was performing in Limerick, Ireland Tuesday when he dedicated his song "American Skin (41 Shots)" to George Zimmerman's 17-year-old shooting victim, saying, "We'll send this as a letter back home for justice for Trayvon Martin."

Springsteen famously wrote "American Skin" in 1999, accusing the NYPD officers who shot and killed Amadou Diallo of racism. Among the song's lyrics ... "You can get killed just for living in your American skin"

Trayvon's killer George Zimmerman was acquitted over the weekend of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter. The jury found Zimmerman acted in self-defense.0716-bruce-springsteen-getty

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31.

Sandy    

Just stick to what you know! Music!!!

400 days ago
32.

Mayu    

This is the first time I've been here. but this is the topic I wanted to speaking on

Trayvon was not a child as people keep saying... Children play with toys. He was old enough to smoke pot, take pics of himself holding a gun, pants on the ground - gold teeth in his mouth - flipping the camera with both birds like some tough guy.

He was old enough to (by what his friend said on the stand) use a racial slur then CONFRONT a guy who was following him. You know for him to confront Zimmerman, he wasn't looking to have a civil conversation. Especially after uttering a racial slur about whites.

People forget that. That "Star witness" the friend of Trayvon on the phone with him at the time, she said that Trayvon used a racial slur for whites... and then HE CONFRONTED Zimmerman. Zimmerman didn't confront him, Trayvon was the one who confronted Zimmerman. And I kind of agree with Rush. That friend of his keeps changing her story. NOW she's saying she told Trayvon to be careful cause he may be a gay rapist. Could Trayvon have started the fight thinking Zimmerman was a homosexual?

Again Trayvon confronted him. People always want to say, "Trayvon had the right to defend himself against this stranger who was stalking him and then confronted him." Wrong. Zimmerman was asked by police if he was still there, he followed him to tell the police. It wasn't stalking... and again, Trayvon's own friend said Trayvon confronted him after saying "Creepy bleep Cracker". So please, Hannity - Greta - Correct people who keep saying Zimmerman confronted him. That is NOT what the evidence presented by the prosecution showed.

Trayvon confronted Zimmerman by his friend's admission, and by an unbiased eye witness' account, Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman MMA style - Ground and pound. Medical examiner said the gun shot trajectory showed Trayvon was on top of Zimmerman - probably still trying to attack him... and reasonable doubt opens the door to the possibility Zimmerman is telling the truth that Trayvon saw his concealed weapon and reached for it.

And what is with this Skittles and Ice tea crap? Seriously now... If you have a complete stranger confront you... ground and pound you... and you are now on the bottom in a submissive position getting beaten... how do you know unless you're Psychic Sylvia Browne, that the guy beating you is unarmed? Do you want to wait till you're unconscious or dead so you can feel good about yourself and say "At least I didn't shoot a potentially unarmed person"? So lets get off of this armed with skittles and ice tea crap.

Zimmerman was not breaking the law having a gun. When he got out of the car it was because he was asked if Trayvon was still there and he got out to see, Trayvon confronted him, Trayvon beat him, Trayvon's life was tragically ended... but not solely by the actions of Zimmerman. Again I say, you don't use a racial slur and then confront someone if you plan on having a civil conversation. If he were a scared child... he should have yelled "Stranger Danger" then ran to the nearest neighbor's home.

The problem with this case are race baiters like Obama, Sharpton, Jackson, Even Stevie Wonder who thinks people care about his two cents. you really think they want to build bridges, mend fences and sing gospel songs with people of all races? People getting along don't win elections and make the big bucks. They are responsible for those breaks of violence in what PMSNBC calls "Otherwise peaceful protests". the woman taking her child to the hospital who was hit... the two innocent people on a bus stop beaten and kicked... the looting at walmart... a man in Wi beaten in the name of Trayvon... the vandalism of innocent people's property.

Where is Sharpton and Jackson admonishing those who broke from the peaceful protests to commit these violent acts against innocent people and their property? They are oddly quiet.


Thank you and goodnight.

400 days ago
33.

TylerDurden5279    

What a surprise he chimes in on the issue. Next up are Billy Joel, Bon Jovi & Tom Morello.

400 days ago
34.

tmz addict    

everyone is different

400 days ago
35.

bfs    

who r u? never heard of u...sounds like an old man and looks like one too...

400 days ago
36.

baybomber    

Bigots

400 days ago
37.

baybomber    

Bruce spoke the truth now white will hate him too...

400 days ago
38.

blackpole     

You people don't like Springsteen now.he's not a rich rapper or black athlete or even the president

400 days ago
39.

David D    

Yes Bruce America is still racist and will remain so until you get rid of the Sharptons Jacksons and others like them including the Obamas.

400 days ago
40.

Jan    

It is not America that is racist...it is just some people...if America was racist Obama would never have been elected...there would not be any Senators or Congress who would be black...it just takes a few people and the media to inflame ridiculous statements.

400 days ago
41.

BB not bb    

Never liked Bruce and now I like him even less. He took a good picture but he can't sing. He can't analyze the news and now he is stirring the pot with riots going on.


I am going to add major hypocrite to why I don't care for him. If he loved the USA so much, he would not be making matters worse. He goes overseas to bash America too, like a little coward.


Just pathetic.

400 days ago
42.

static    

Don't pick a fight with an armed man.

400 days ago
43.

CB513    

Really Bruce.....give me a break.

400 days ago
44.

Joe    

Hey Bruce. Race isn't the issue in this case you fxxkin twirp. Stick to music you dumbazz.

400 days ago
45.

Jacqueline    

Bruce Springsteen and all these other celebrities and protesters are the idiots in all of this. They were not there. The 911 tapes were edited. Zimmerman was walking away when attacked. He was not a child. He was grown and violent (was in a fight club). The jury said not guilty so not guilty. Zimmerman was and is in no way racist. In fact, those that are protesting and speaking out are racist.

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