From the press release:
In a world wide exclusive in this week’s issue of the NME Jack White explains some of the lyrical themes in the new White Stripes’ single ICKY THUMP.
In answer to queries about the song’s seemingly political content, in particular the lines: “White Americans, what?/ Nothing better to do?/ Why don’t you kick yourself out/You’re an immigrant tooâ€, Jack explains “I’ve always been interested in the double-edged sword of being proud of your culture,â€ elaborates Jack.
â€œItâ€™s a very touchy subject in America. You canâ€™t be too proud or you tip the scale. But at the same time, America is made up of nothing but immigrants. Itâ€™s a big melting pot, yet thereâ€™s a lot of segregation still to this day. Itâ€™s an intricate minefield of a topic.â€
Read more over at NME.com