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Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:32 PM

 

Bob Dylan: Slavery Ruined America

In his interview with Rolling Stone, Dylan, who has won just about every music and songwriting award on the planet, seems intent not so much on attacking America for its racist history but observing that racism has long been holding the country back.

“People (are) at each other’s throats just because they are of a different color,” he said. “It will hold any nation back.”

A 71-year-old man born in Minnesota at a time when blacks in many parts of the country couldn’t eat in white restaurants or use white water fountains, Dylan has seen a great deal of America’s progress and evolution during the past century—all the way to the election of the first black president. But clearly he has not seen enough progress. And he thinks it all goes back to the country’s founding.

He tells Rolling Stone that blacks know that some whites “didn’t want to give up slavery.” Only after a civil war cleaved the nation in two did slavery come to a reluctant end—after more than 600,000 Americans (including 260,000 Southerners) died in a war that started because the South wanted to preserve the institution.


http://atlantablackstar.com/2012/09/12/bob-dylan-says-slavery-ruined-america-and-has-held-it-back/

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Slit Skirt Sep 2012 #1
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cbayer Sep 2012 #8
KT2000 Sep 2012 #2
postulater Sep 2012 #4
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Response to banned from Kos (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:37 PM

1. I love Bob Dylan..his music, his lyrics, his mind

we need his voice
this country needs his voice

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Response to Slit Skirt (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:49 PM

3. Have you heard any of the new album released yesterday?

It's good, imo, and I think we will be seeing a flurry on interviews and stories in the coming weeks.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 05:55 PM

6. I am very excited over his new stuff

He is going to go on tour with Mark Knopfler....

I have seen Dylan 3 times and I am crazy for him...what an icon. My musical hero. Him and Stevie Wonder

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Response to Slit Skirt (Reply #6)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 06:00 PM

8. Ah.... Dylan and Knopfler. That is going to be great.

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Response to banned from Kos (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 02:42 PM

2. Excellent observation

the civil war continues in this country and it is fueled by politicians.
To serve that ugly fear and hatred we have all been deprived of the potential that has been lost.

Human weakness is a powerful thing as it is at the root of most catastrophic failures.

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Response to banned from Kos (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 03:16 PM

4. He's on tour with Mark Knopfler now.

Got tickets for November show. Can't wait. Been 20 years or so since I last saw him, then 20 before that.

He's always been a touchstone, and I especially like seeing how he changes as he travels through life.

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Response to postulater (Reply #4)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 05:56 PM

7. I am very jealous..

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Response to banned from Kos (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 03:20 PM

5. If we hadn't had slavery....

America would be mostly white, and consequently - as is usually, if not always, the case in all white countries - very liberal.

Weird, huh?

(leaving aside the hispanic question)

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