Bruce Springsteen spoke in depth about the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis during his latest DJ stint on SiriusXM's E Street Radio. Springsteen played his 2000 song “American Skin (41 Shots)” — which shed light on the events and emotions surrounding the NYPD shooting death of the unarmed Amadou Diallo.
APP.com transcribed some of Springsteen's comments, in which he said after playing the track, “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.”
Springsteen went on to provide a state of the union, saying, “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.”