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    Jul 17, 2013

    Bruce Springsteen Dedicated "American Skin (41 Shots)" To Trayvon Martin

    "You can get killed just for living in your American skin."

    Springsteen opened the song announcing to the crowd "I want to send this one out as a letter back home. For justice for Trayvon Martin."

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    The song was originally written in 2001 in response to the shooting death of Amadou Diallo, a 23-year-old who was shot 41 times by NYPD officers.

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    The refrain of the song being especially poignant in light of the Trayvon Martin verdict:

    Well, is it a gun, is it a knife
    Is it a wallet, this is your life
    It ain't no secret (it ain't no secret)
    No secret my friend
    You can get killed just for living in your American skin

    Similarly, Stevie Wonder spoke to a crowd while performing in Quebec over the weekend, saying "we can let our voices be heard and vote in our various countries around the world for change and equality."

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    This is not the first time Springsteen has dedicated this song to Trayvon Martin. Springsteen has been dedicating the song to Martin regularly since last year.