The First Amendment protects a United States citizen’s right to peaceful assembly, but what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday night was anything but peaceful.
If you missed the news, a group of “white nationalists” gathered in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 for a “Unite the Right” march to protest the removal of Confederate monuments in public settings. As counter-protesters also began to march, violence broke out, resulting in one tragic death of a protester and multiple critical injuries. Two Virginia State Troopers also died when a police helicopter they were using to patrol the protester clashes from the air crashed and burned.
The United States was rocked by this unimaginable and difficult to process turn of events. Since then, several country and NASCAR stars have stepped up to share their feelings, thoughts and sympathies to those directly affected and to this country’s citizens.
Tim McGraw went to the poignant lyrics of one of his own songs to share his feelings.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. also had a simple, yet solid message for followers.
Jennifer Nettles had very personal insight to share.
Kip Moore may have taken one of the strongest stands. Speaking from his own experience growing up in Georgia, he called on his memories from when he was a child and young man to explain his thoughts in a sternly worded post.
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I grew up in south ga so I'm 100% aware of what racism looks like, sounds like, and what it feels like (when you hear it out of another's mouth). I was lucky to have parents that never instilled that toxic hatred in my bloodline. However, i did have a few friends that occasionally used the N word in their vocabulary. I'd have numerous fights and arguments about why they would say shit like that, eventually driving a wedge between any surface friendship we even had to begin with and cut those people from my life. The one constant theme I learned at a young age was, they all developed those ignorant views from their ignorant parents who learned it from their ignorant parents. A lot of people will read this and say "amen" or "well said" or "that's how I feel" but you ain't doing shit about it in the real world. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that has the potential of turning into a tidal wave. Don't bitch about the state of the world if youre too lazy or too much of a puss to stand up to your friends when you hear them or see them doing racist shit. It starts with each one of us individually if we wanna change what this world looks like. Go out of your way to take care of people and spread kindness. I'm Not tryin to preach, but I'm way more concerned with the state of my fellow brother than the state of my Instagram following. Take a break from your 100th bathroom selfie and pay attention to what's taking place around you. oh and to those that spew hateful comments on social media all the time yet have "Jesus lover" as your profile heading.. that would prolly provoke Jesus to slap your dumb ass. The last thing I'll say is for the ones who will always miss the point and need it broken down. I condemn any protest that turns to violent.. Black, white, purple, yellow etc… I'm saddened anytime I see hatred towards one another and you should be ashamed if you don't feel the same way. It's never too late to evaluate who you are and break the chain that's been passed down. We all bleed the same. Hey @realjohngray there's a lot of people preaching love right there with ya bud.
And Kacey Musgraves, in her direct but simple way, spoke straight from her heart.
Other country stars, including Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and the ever outspoken Wheeler Walker Jr., also commented with their thoughts on this heartbreaking incident. Michael Ray, meanwhile, shared an image on his Instagram that really needed no words.
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What has happened this last weekend in Charlottesville VA is Sickening! As I wake up and watch more news about where we are as a country it breaks my heart. We are better than this the change starts with all of us. No matter the Race, Sex, Gay or straight etc we are one and should Love each other as human beings and see no color. Love is the way we silence the ignorance of these groups. #f&ckracism #bethechange #itstartswithme