Numerous Country artists took to social media over the weekend to protest last week’s killing of GEORGE FLOYD by a MINNEAPOLIS police officer, to speak out in support of the ensuing protests and against the looting and violence that followed in cities across the country, including NASHVILLE, and to express support for the black community.
Among those taking a strongly-worded public stance were stars DAN + SHAY, who wrote, “When the [FLOYD] news story began to break, so did our hearts. In fact, they shattered, for the family of GEORGE FLOYD, and for the black community as a whole. This is not the first time this has happened, but by God, please let it be the last… We as humans must come together to make a change. Racism and discrimination because of someone’s skin color is simply just wrong. Politics and other bullshit aside, we all have a giant responsibility to eliminate this issue, which has plagued our country for far too long… Please use your voice.”
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THOMAS RHETT posted a Bible passage on INSTAGRAM, and wrote, “As the father of a black daughter and also two white daughters, I have struggled with what to say today. We have navigated forms of racism directly, and while there is mostly overwhelming support and love for our family, sometimes there is just the opposite. Because of that fear, it can be a lot easier to choose silence, but today I’m choosing to speak … When I witnessed the horrific murder of GEORGE and think about the mistreatment of other black men and women in AMERICA, I am heartbroken and angry. I get scared when I think about my daughters and what kind of world they will be growing up in and how my job as a father is to show them how to lead with love in the face of hate. To know their worth and value as not only women but human beings.”
He added, “if there is any question on where I stand let me be clear – I stand with you, I stand with GEORGE and his family and all those who have faced racism. I stand with my wife and my daughters. We will be fighting this fight for the rest of our lives. Rest in peace, GEORGE. We are not letting this go.”