The headlines in Wyoming weren’t good…465 Wyo. coal miners let go. I read the news online while I sat in the Pepsi Center in Denver waiting for my first Bruce Springsteen concert to begin. Two days earlier I had been in the doctor’s office where an ultrasound revealed new developments in my fight against breast cancer. Yet when The Boss took the stage, while it certainly didn’t erase the events of the week, it made them fade a bit into the background.
Today, (Saturday, April 9, 2106) when my column published, The Boss was in the headlines for canceling his concert in Greensboro, North Carolina scheduled for Sunday, April 11, 2016 . He canceled his show in protest to North Carolina’s HB2 “bathroom” law, officially known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.
According to CNN, the newly enacted law requires individuals to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate, and had drawn fierce criticism for excluding legal protections from gay and transgender people. In short, the “bathroom” law segregates transgender people. It’s unimaginable to believe that a law could be enacted today and yet it exists.
“To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress,” Springsteen said in a statement that appeared on Twitter.
“Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th,” Springsteen said.
“Some things are more important than a rock show,” he added, “and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.”
I agree. And once again – it’s sound advice from The Boss.