Bruce Springsteen has joined a host of celebrities who have addressed the killing of Trayvon Martin, the Florida teenager whose recent shooting death at the hands of a local neighborhood watch volunteer is suspected by some of being racially motivated. Acording to NJ.com, the rocker declared, “This is for Trayvon,” before kicking into a rendition of his song “American Skin (41 Shots)” at his concert Wednesday in Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center.”
“American Skin,” which Springsteen first performed in 2000, was written about the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo, an unarmed African immigrant who was shot repeatedly shot by four New York City police officers who believed he’d brandished a gun at them. Diallo was unarmed and had reached for a wallet. Like Diallo, Martin was unarmed when he was killed.
Springsteen also played “American Skin” at his two previous shows, but the Philadelphia performance is the first reported time he’s mentioned Trayvon Martin in connection with the song.
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