The celebrity re-litigation of the George Zimmerman trial proceeds apace, with Bruce Springsteen the latest to protest his acquittal Saturday by a Florida jury of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
At a concert in Limerick, Ireland the rock icon played his protest anthem “American Skin (41 Shots)” in honor of the late teen. The song, written as an angry reply to the 1999 shooting death of Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo at the hands of New York City police, includes a refrain with the words, “Ain’t no secret my friend/You can get killed just for living in your American skin.”
“In a video posted online,” reported the Associataed Press, the 63-year-old singer told the crowd Tuesday: ‘We’ll send this as a letter back home for justice for Trayvon Martin’ after noticing a fan’s sign” requesting the song.
In linking the Zimmerman acquittal to the Diallo case, which resulted in the 2000 acquittal of four police officers on all charges, the liberal troubador implicitly endorsed the theory that Mr. Zimmerman’s shooting of Martin in the midst of a violent struggle with the teenager was a racially motivated execution, rather than a case of legally protected self-defense, as the jury found.