It's a bit lengthy compared to our usual articles however it's very interesting reading. For those that don't realize this, Boston College is a Catholic College run by The Jesuits. I has one of the largest Jesuit communities in the world.
I copied a small portion from their pamphlet , what is a reflection on what is happening in the United States right now. I hope it tickles your fancy and you continue reading.
He writes that his music became a focal point for finding his identity, “who am I, who are we, what and where is home, what constitutes manhood, adulthood, what are your freedoms and responsibilities” (p. 216). How have you found your identity? How will you continue to search for it over the next four years? As Springsteen explores his own identity, he also considers the issues in the world around him that shape identity – in particular, the issue of race. He is attentive to the racial tensions he witnesses in high school and begins to reflect on race through his personal relationship with Clarence Clemons and witnessing the racial injustice Clarence experienced: “For a long time he was alone, and no matter how close we were, I was white. We had as deep a relationship as I can imagine, but we lived in the real world, where we’d experienced that nothing, not all the love in God’s heaven, obliterates race. It was a part of the given of our relationship” (p. 244). As he spends more time on the road, Springsteen develops a broader perspective on these issues, recognizing racism as both individual and collective, personal and systemic. Springsteen integrates both the intimate personal experiences and the broader social concerns of race into his music, as part of his story. As our country struggles with issues of racial justice, how has race shaped your identity? What experiences have provided you with a broader social perspective? What are your intimate personal experiences of racial justice – or injustice?
See attached for their views on B2R by Bruce Springsteen.