Tom Petty and Drive-By Truckers: Southern hospitality at the Sprint Center
Take it as anecdotal evidence, of course, but the only non-white people I saw at last night’s nearly sold-out Tom Petty show at the Sprint Center were taking tickets, waving people past scanners, or operating cash registers. Speaking as a white person, it was hard not to feel a little bit racist just by virtue of being in the building. I had to keep reminding myself that it’s a free country, etc., and nobody is preventing people of color from attending rock shows at the Sprint Center. And then it struck me that my discomfort was fitting in a way, because I was there for an evening of Southern rock, and the South is a place where race relations are famously complex and strained.