NEW YORK -- Bob Dylan says the stigma of slavery ruined Amer ica and he doubts the country can get rid of the shame be cause it was "founded on the backs of slaves."
The veteran musician tells Rolling Stone that in Amer ica "people (are) at each oth er’s throats just because they are of a different color," ad ding that "it will hold any nation back." He also says blacks know that some whites "didn’t want to give up slavery."
The 71-year-old Dylan said, "If slavery had been given up in a more peace ful way, Am erica would be far ahead today."
When asked if President Barack Obama was helping to shift a change, Dylan says: "I don’t have any opinion on that. You have to change your heart if you want to change."
-- Associated Press