Let's hold Bruce Springsteen to the same standard that he holds the Republican Party to:
Clarence Clemons just died. He was part of Bruce's band, the E Street Band, for 40 years. During that time, he was the only black member of the band. Are you telling me that for 40 years, Bruce could not find another black person qualified to join the band? Of course he could, but he chose not to. Why is that? The man is forever preaching about brotherhood and equality-yet he could not be bothered to apply those principles to his own band.
And its not like there was a lot of red tape or office politics involved: Bruce is the Boss. With a capital B. He could have hired qualified, talented minorities at the snap of a finger-but he never did.
In fact, after he hired Clemons, Bruce has gone almost a half century and he still has not hired another minority. It sounds like a hiring record that only George Wallace would love.
Given these facts, is it any wonder that you never see black people attending a Springsteen show? Look at those audiences; they are whiter than Johnny Winter walking in a blizzard. With the death of Clemons, the total number of black people attending Springsteen concerts will drop from 1 to 0.
Springsteen is not just a rock star; he is also a billion dollar business. And his record on minority outreach is abysmal.
He can perform at all the Obama fundraisers he wants, he can preach to his hearts content, but that does not change his 40 year record of exclusion.