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.
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.