Several artists took to social media in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, including Dan + Shay,who broke a two-month social media blackout to address what was going on.
The duo writes that they had planned to stay off social media longer, while they work on their new album, “but this past week's events in Minneapolis changed that,” noting, "When the 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." They add, "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 all other bullsh*t aside, we all have a giant responsibility to eliminate this issue, which has plagued our country for far too long.”
- Thomas Rhett posted the bible verse, “love must be sincere, hate what is evil; cling to what is good,” sharing, “As the father of a black daughter and also two white daughters- I have struggled with what to say today.” He explained, “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.” Finally, Thomas 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.” His wife Lauren also shared her feelings. Check out her post here.
- Jimmie Allen also took to social media writing, “It’s our job as humans to point out the negative treatment of people,” adding, “It doesn’t matter if they look like us or not if or if treatment of them directly affects us.” He notes, “if we see it and it doesn’t bother us we need to check ourselves.” Jimmie also shared, “as a black man and a father raising a black boy I’m worried. The uncertainty of his safety turns my stomach.” Finally, he writes, "I challenge everyone to love each other and let our hearts speak louder than the injustice. Love so hard that it suffocates the hate."
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