Folk singer Bob Dylan is making headlines for stating that the United States will never be able to extricate itself from its slave past. In a Rolling Stone magazine interview to promote his new album, "Tempest," Dylan remarked that the U.S. was "founded on the back of slaves." He went on to say, "If slavery had been given up in a more peaceful way, America would be far ahead today." That's because the U.S. Civil War remains the nation's deadliest, with an estimated 750,000 casualties.
Dylan says that black Americans today can't overlook the extreme measures that some whites took to maintain the peculiar institution known as slavery. He said black people know that some whites "didn't want to give up slavery" and this knowledge would "hold any nation back."
Dylan went on to say that today race relations in the U.S. are tense and that Americans are "at each other's throats just because they are of a different color."
The singer-songwriter wouldn't say if he believed that the election of Barack Obama to the presidency had resulted in change.
"You have to change your heart if you want to change," Dylan said.
What do you think of Dylan's comments? Is he right? Is the ghost of slavery holding the nation back?