Several country artists took to social media to speak out following the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Following the incident, protests have taken place across the country as people speak out against systemic racial injustice and police brutality.
See artists’ responses below:
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) June 1, 2020
— Jimmie Allen (@JimmieAllen) May 30, 2020
— Kane Brown (@kanebrown) June 1, 2020
— Mickey Guyton (@MickeyGuyton) May 27, 2020
an update from our hearts… pic.twitter.com/zF19b8lb7s
— Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) May 30, 2020
Walk in love.
— Carly Pearce (@carlypearce) June 1, 2020
We stand with our brothers and sisters and we WILL be a part of the change. pic.twitter.com/QLJgNeojmk
— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) May 31, 2020
Nobody’s ever improved on the ideal that all are created equal and that we should love one another as we love ourselves…. pic.twitter.com/k0t7lIb8Z1
— thetimmcgraw (@TheTimMcGraw) May 31, 2020
— Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) May 30, 2020
— Ingrid Andress (@IngridAndress) May 29, 2020
Watching someone die on a twitter feed is extremely traumatizing, but nothing compared to what happened to this man and his family. This has to end. 😥 pic.twitter.com/WxNMm6qwDZ
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) May 27, 2020
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To the black community…I’m Srry that you’ve screamed for so long about feeling oppressed and it’s fallin on deaf ears. You matter. I hear you, i see you, and I have nothing but love for you. To the police officers all over…
— Kip Moore (@KipMooreMusic) June 1, 2020
Im Srry that those of you doing the job the right way, always get lumped into the same category with the few doing it the wrong way. I’m thankful for you guys and know most of you have your heart in the right place. We should celebrate your bright days more.
— Kip Moore (@KipMooreMusic) June 1, 2020View this post on Instagram
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. I have no clue what it feels like to be profiled by authorities, treated negatively or have my life threatened because of the color of my skin. 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. I have witnessed my black band and crew members on the road struggle at times with feeling safe because of the color of their skin. This is unacceptable. I don’t believe in hate. I believe in love. What happened to George was pure hate. We are all created by the same God. I pray for a change in heart of those hearts who have been overcome by hatred and hardened. I pray for a deeper understanding for myself and awareness of the experience of mistreatment that those of another skin color go through. I pray for the families of those who have lost their lives to violence or experienced trauma at the hand of racial oppression and injustice. What can we do? I ask myself this question everyday. We each have to be part of the solution and we have to continue to educate ourselves, continue to support both financially and with service those organizations doing good work in our communities to overcome injustice and hatred in our country. And if you’re like me, continue to pray. So 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.
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