NEW YORK — Bob Dylan says the stigma of slavery ruined America and he doubts the country can get rid of the shame because it was “founded on the backs of slaves.”
The veteran musician tells Rolling Stone that in America “people (are) at each other’s throats just because they are of a different color,” adding that “it will hold any nation back.” He also says blacks know that some whites “didn’t want to give up slavery.”
Uh, Bob, a couple of things: One, race relations have come a tremendously long distance in the five decades since you wrote The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, among other songs. Have you missed, for example, that our president is black?
And second, Bob, what career would you be toiling at if it weren’t for slavery? Those old country bluesmen whose licks and sound you
stole borrowed, and those other blacks who took their music further to create rhythm ‘n’ blues, which became rock ‘n’ roll, wouldn’t have been on these shores at all if not for slavery. So WTF are you on about?