The Boss has responded to Blompf.
Blompf doesn’t have a grasp of the deep meaning of what it means to be an American.
Springsteen’s remarks came in an interview with CBS This Morning, which first played the clip of Trump denouncing Jay-Z, Beyoncé, “Little” Bruce Springsteen and other artists who supported Hillary Clinton in 2016. …
“We’re living in a frightening time,” Springsteen added. “The stewardship of the nation has been thrown away to somebody who doesn’t have a clue what that means. Unfortunately, we have somebody who doesn’t have a grasp of the deep meaning of what it means to be an American.”
Donald Trump is 73-years-old.
Bruce Springsteen is 70-years-old.
Both Trump and Springsteen are Boomers. They are both from the New York/New Jersey area. They both came of age in the late 1960s/early 1970s. They both spent the prime of their lives as famous men in late 20th century America. They both grew up on television values.
In The Boss’s view, Blompf has betrayed the deep meaning of what it means to be an American, which he defines in his music as a peculiarly Northern, White working class, Catholic immigrant working in an industrial area life experience. Blompf isn’t a man of deep ideas and his immigration rhetoric was a product of his gut instincts, sheer opportunism and his advisers giving him his 2016 campaign message which struck a chord in the electorate.
History only moves forward and Springsteen’s America is rapidly changing. For most of the 19th and 20th centuries, the American North was defined by being unsettled. It was racially homogeneous, but it was ethnically and culturally diverse. Unlike the South with its agrarian economy and racial caste system, it was largely populated by recent European immigrants who worked in the Northern manufacturing belt or on small farms in the Midwest. Northern politics came to revolve more around ethnic, cultural and class cleavages. In the absence of large numbers of non-Whites, White racial identity became very weak.
America as a whole is becoming Mississippi. This is one of the most salient facts about American politics in the 21st century. The North and West have changed much more rapidly than the South. California blew right past Mississippi to become majority non-White in a generation. Alabama and Arkansas are now whiter than Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey. The South has become more like the North, but the North and West have become more like the South.
The Boss appeals to a nostalgia for an America that is increasingly remote. If you are a young White male in the North and West, you are much more likely now to be native born. Your ancestors have been here for a few generations. You naturally speak English. You probably don’t work in a manufacturing job in Detroit, St. Louis or Philadelphia. You don’t nostalgically remember the Civil Rights Movement or the Summer of Love. You remember the Iraq War, not Vietnam. You get your news through your smartphone, not through network television.
The caste system that we live under today in 21st century America is woke supremacy. If you are a cisgendered heterosexual White male who lives anywhere in the United States, you are to blame for everything that is wrong in the world. You should be very sorry for benefiting from your white privilege. You are the oppressor of women, People of Color and the LGBTQ community. You are destroying the planet and causing global climate change. This is much more likely to be your life experience, not being a European immigrant who works in a factory.
Diversity is no longer a feature of the Deep South. Only around 54% of blacks live in the South in 2019. The rest of them live in big cities in the North and West. The overwhelming majority of Asians, Hispanics, Jews and Muslims also live outside the South and you are more likely to encounter them in the North and West where previously homogeneous communities are now being exposed to the wonders of diversity that they have heard so much about on television. Minneapolis has been overrun by Somalians like Rep. Ilhan Omar while Nashville has been overrun by MUH KURDISH ALLIES who were brought there by refugee resettlement agencies.
The “frightening time” that Springsteen laments is our new reality. It is not going away either and will only intensify. It is the postwar era that is fading and our national reckoning with the long term consequences of all of the various social revolutions of that era is approaching.
What does it mean to be an American? That’s up for grabs, Bruce. I wish I could tell you. No one really knows anymore!