BOB DYLAN: THOUGHTS ON SLAVERY AND RACISM
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Bob Dylan has always been able to cut to the chase when it comes to his music. And in a recent interview in Rolling Stone magazine, he offers some insight on the racial troubles that persist in the U.S. Dylan says the stigma of slavery has ruined America -- and he doubts the country can ever get rid of the shame -- because it was, as he put it, "founded on the backs of slaves." Dylan says because the nation was ripped apart by a Civil War over slavery, blacks are aware that some whites "didn't want to give up slavery." He suggests that if slavery had been abandoned "in a more peaceful way," the nation would be much better off today. The new edition of Rolling Stone hits newsstands Friday.