Bruce Springsteen, aka the Boss, said he is scared of what will happen under President-elect Donald Trump when he takes office this month in an interview on Marc Maron's "WTF" podcast.
"Yeah, of course," Springsteen told the host. "How could you not be?”
"I've felt disgust before, but never the kind of fear that you feel now," he added. "It's as simple as the fear of, is someone simply competent enough to do this particular job? Do they simply have the pure competence to be put in the position of such responsibility?"
Springsteen went on to explain his fear of the Trump effect and the impact it is bound to have on the future of the US.
"When you let that genie out of the bottle — bigotry, racism, intolerance, they don't go back in the bottle that easily, if they go back in at all," he said. "Whether it's a rise in hate crimes, people feeling they have license to speak and behave in ways that previously were considered un-American and are un-American. That's what he's appealing to. My fears are that those things find a place in ordinary, civil society."
Luckily, the Boss hasn't lost faith, and still believes that "America is still America."
"I still believe in its ideals, and I'm going to do my best to play my very, very small part in maintaining those things," he said.
Springsteen's fears aren't misplaced.
A post-election study indicated that nine of 10 American educators reported a negative change in their school’s climate in the days following Trump's victory.
The survey was accompanied by a report titled “The Trump Effect” that was published on the Southern Poverty Law Center website.
Eighty percent of educators described “heightened anxiety and concern on the part of students worried about the impact of the election on themselves and their families” particularly for marginalized students, immigrants, African Americans, Muslims, and LGBT students. One middle school teacher reported that they heard a student blurt out “I hate Muslims” during a discussion of major religions, as a case in point.
Violence against Muslims, African-Americans and other minority communities is on the rise in the United States. If Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric against anyone who is not born in America, isn’t white and does not follow Christianity, is turning these young souls into hateful bigots, one can only imagine how much worse the situation would get once he's actually in the Oval Office.
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