The Black Lives Matter movement has picked up steam rapidly over the last few months and Bruce Springsteen has some strong thoughts on what’s happening.
The Boss has been a vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter protests which were sparked following the death of George Floyd, and he’s not mincing words about how America’s handling it.
Chatting to Rolling Stone about America’s political situation, Springsteen said: “White supremacy and white privilege have gone much deeper than I thought they did.”
He continued, “I think my feeling previously to the past three or four years was that racism and white supremacy and white privilege were veins in our extremities, rather than an aorta that cuts through the very heart of the nation, which I feel it is now. So that was eye-opening, whether I was previously stupidly innocent to that or not.”
Springsteen added that he felt the global impact of the Black Lives Matter movement would eventually lead to “a society where people really see one another as full men and women, as Americans”.
“It’s a movement of tremendous hope and it’s a tremendously diverse group of young people that are out on the street,” he added. “And it’s a movement that history is demanding right now.”
It comes ahead of the release of his new album, Letter To You, which is the first Bruce Springsteen record to feature the E Street Band since 2014’s High Hopes and was recorded at the star’s home in New Jersey.
And while he’s willing to speak candidly on politics, the rocker added that the new record would not feature any commentary on the Trump administration.
“That would be the most boring album in the world,” he said, noting that Joe Biden wasn’t his first choice for the Democratic nominee but that he was still supporting him.
“The power of the American idea has been abandoned,” he said. “It’s a terrible shame, and we need somebody who can bring that to life again. I think if we get Joe Biden, it’s gonna go a long way towards helping us regain our status around the world. The country as the shining light of democracy has been trashed by the administration. We abandoned friends, we befriended dictators, we denied climate science.”
The album is set to be released on Friday, October 23rd.