Country Music Reacts To Charlottesville

posted by Amanda Jo - 

Personally I do try to stay away from any topics that could spawn a political conversation. In my eyes hanging with you every afternoon should be about entertaining and lightening your day. However, there are moments in all our lives that we shouldn't keep our mouths shut and Saturday was a moment for all of us. I never thought I would see such an organized group of KKK (or whatever they're calling themselves) members on the news... to me that was something I read about in history books. Apparently not. 

Preservation of history/display of symbols that have come to represent different things to different people... that is an issue to talk out. However, people from many parts of the country got together, marched on Charlottesville, and used that statue in debate as their platform to organize and spew hate. That is what scares me the most... how many hateful people are out there that have been quiet and suddenly feel like they are strengthening enough to organize in the way that they did this weekend. 

A few country stars used their platforms to put out their own personal messages about Charlottesville and I'm happy that they did. Spread love! 

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.

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This church for the win 🙌🏼

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This cannot stand These days surely MUST be behind us #StayHumbleandKind #charlottesville

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