Country Stars Speak Out About George Floyd’s Death

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Country Stars speak out about rascism following George Floyd death
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Country stars are using their social media platforms to speak out about the death of George Floyd, who was killed when a police office knelt on his neck for over eight minutes.

At a time when the country is deeply divided and tensions are high, country stars such as Tim McGraw, Kane Brown, Lady Antebellum and Chris Young are opening up about racism in the US and the need for change in the treatment of black people.

“The continued non value of life towards black men in American concerns me. As a black man and a father raising a black boy I’m worried,” Jimmie Allen shard in a heartfelt post on Twitter.

Here are some of the heartfelt words by country stars who are asking for fair treatment for all.

Tim McGraw: “Nobody’s ever improved on the ideal that all are created equal and that we should love one another as we love ourselves…. I don’t know how it feels to be black in America. I don’t know how it feels to walk down the street at night and feel eyes of suspicion. I don’t know what it’s like to carry the worry for my child simply because they are black. I won’t pretend to.
I am a human being who loves people, all people. I believe all people have inherent human rights – to live, pray and love as they choose or how they are born into this world. I believe that love, respect and understanding of each other is a light to guide our way. Our collective heart should break with every injustice brought to light. Our collective voices should be heard for each and every injustice brought to light, for there are many in the darkness. We must find a way to shine light on what is happening. Find a way to talk, Find a way to understand, Find a way to hold accountable those who won’t see, won’t understand and won’t love. I wish I knew the answers.  I’m just a man who loves his family. And wants this world, this country, this life to be experienced to the best of any child’s imagination and ability. Without regard to color, creed, religion or sexual orientation. It’s just time that we understand that Your child feels and loves My children feel and love All children feel and love Hate is observed and taught.”

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Nobody’s ever improved on the ideal that all are created equal and that we should love one another as we love ourselves…. I don’t know how it feels to be black in America. I don't know how it feels to walk down the street at night and feel eyes of suspicion. I don't know what it's like to carry the worry for my child simply because they are black. I won't pretend to. I am a human being who loves people, all people. I believe all people have inherent human rights – to live, pray and love as they choose or how they are born into this world. I believe that love, respect and understanding of each other is a light to guide our way. Our collective heart should break with every injustice brought to light. Our collective voices should be heard for each and every injustice brought to light, for there are many in the darkness. We must find a way to shine light on what is happening. Find a way to talk, Find a way to understand, Find a way to hold accountable those who won't see, won't understand and won't love. I wish I knew the answers. I'm just a man who loves his family. And wants this world, this country, this life to be experienced to the best of any child's imagination and ability. Without regard to color, creed, religion or sexual orientation. It's just time that we understand that Your child feels and loves My children feel and love All children feel and love Hate is observed and taught. #StandTogether #Unity #StayHumbleandKind

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Jimmie Allen: “It’s our job as humans to point out the negative treatment of people. It doesn’t matter if they look like us or not or if treatment of them directly affects us or not. If we see it and it doesn’t bother us, we need to check our hearts. The continued non value of life towards black men in America concerns me. As a black man and a father raising a black boy I’m worried. The uncertainty of his safety turns my stomach. I challenge everyone to love each other and let our hearts speak louder than an injustice. Love so hard that it suffocates the hate.”

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Kane Brown: “ATTENTION: First of all I’m mixed. Im black to the white guy and im white to the black guy until a racial thing comes into play and then Im supposed to play the black side. I honestly thing its ignorant as hell to kill a human being in cold blood without theme doing anything especially handcuffed. I think it’s stupid a man cant jog without being gunned down. If everyone was seen as people, if everyone treated the same, if everyone was charged the same sentence this s**t would be happening. #Blacklivesmatter we are people too. Like I said before we all need to become one race (Americans) stop dividing or it will never be solved! I love everyone even if you spit on me I will find it in my heart to let it go! Lets come together and work this s**t out. ”

Lady Antebellum: “We can’t speak to how it feels to be the target of racism in America, but we can see the pain, the suffering & the toll it continues to take. Our hope is that we all take the time to listen, educate ourselves, have difficult conversations and make changes through our own actions.”

In a second post they wrote, “As parents, it breaks our hearts knowing our children are living in a world where this level of hate exists, but we will raise them to lead with love, respect, compassion and a serving heart. We pray for peace and the wisdom to do just that.”

Mickey Guyton: “To all the people looting, please stop. Don’t take advantage of a time when people are suffering and hurting. There are people out here really trying to spark change. And the looting is absolutely disrespecting George Floyd’s death. Let’s honor him today. Spread truth in love.”

Kacey Musgraves: “It’s been hard to find the words to adequately convey how outraged and sad I am. WHITE PEOPLE HAVE HAD IT SO F***ING WRONG SINCE THE BEGINNING and I will do whatever I can I help break the DISGUSTING, damaging cycle racism and systemic privilege causes. I will not be a bystander.”

Dan +Shay: “It has been quite difficult to remove ourselves from social media for the last few months, and we intended to stay inactive for a little bit longer, as we put the finishing touches on what we think is our best work yet, but this past week’s events in Minneapolis changed that.  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 if be the last. It is truly devastating to think that someone could carry so much hate. 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 bulls**t aside, we all have a giant responsibility to eliminate this issue, which has plagued our country for far too long. We understand that our social media net may not be as wide as others, but we post this in hopes that we inspire someone, to speak up too. And at the end of the day, we can type novels, share stories, and promote activism on the internet, but this starts in the home. We must educate.”

Chris Young: “The death of George Floyd is heartbreaking. The circumstances are terrifying. Period. I don’t know how we fix this, but this is something we HAVE to fix. Racism is NOT something that should be ignored, and is something that should not exist. Sorry, but I can’t just stay silent on this.”

Midland: “The black community does not receive equal rights or protection in this country. Systemic inequality cannot be ignored and racism cannot be tolerated. We must do better in actively contributing to make our society a safer and more inclusive place to raise our families. In the meantime, Midland will be abstaining from any promotion or dialogue that distracts from the current issue our country needs to face head on. In an effort to clear communication channels we cede our small corner of the internet to the community leaders and individuals more suited than us to help educate and create change. As allies, we will contribute NOW, as patriots, We demand justice for George Floyd and all the other individuals who have suffered under an unjust system.”

Tenille Townes: “I have sat down to find words over these past couple of days and I really don’t know what to say. But I keep speaking George Floyd’s name and I’m letting the sadness and hunger for change soak in every time I do. I haven’t walked in these shoes, but I want to listen & lean in…and I want to take action to stand beside the black community who have and do everyday. I’m sending love to everybody hurting right now with a very heavy heart. And the belief that we can change things one person at a time.”