Country stars are using their voices to express themselves following this weekend’s events in Charlottesville.
On Saturday (8/12), a large group of white nationalists flooded the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, for their “Unite the Right” protest against the taking down of Robert E. Lee statue in town. Counterprotesters clashed against the right-wing groups, causing random eruptions of violence. During one of the breakouts, a car sped straight ahead into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring at least 19 others. The suspected driver of the vehicle fled the scene after the crash, but has now been arrested by police.
Another tragedy from the quaint college town ensued as two Virginia State Troopers died after a helicopter crashed in a forested area nearby. While there are no connections to the chaos from inside the city at this point, police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Amidst all of the tensions, many country stars took to their social media pages to give their own takes on the current events. While a good majority questioned the hate bubbling up in the world, others remembered the victims and sent love to Charlottesville.
Check out more of the reactions from country artists below:
Extremely sad at the seething hatred that still lives here. I just don’t know what to say anymore. We’re better than this. #Charlottesville
— MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) August 12, 2017
But if u only have love for ur own race
Then u only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate #WHERESTHELOVEYALL 😭
— Brooke Eden (@BrookeEdenMusic) August 13, 2017
bawling watching this. It’s so excruciating to see such evil abandon for the human kind. STOP FUCKING KILLING PEOPLE. https://t.co/yjy43G9wxL
— K A C E Y (@KaceyMusgraves) August 12, 2017
if you feel helpless behind your phone today, just be kind. to everyone.
— Jillian Jacqueline (@jillianjmusic) August 13, 2017
— Steve Moakler (@stevemoakler) August 13, 2017
I am so sad & so angry to see what is happening in #Charlottesville. We cannot minimize or ignore this racism & hatred. Love must win. ❤️
— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) August 13, 2017
— Jennifer Nettles (@JenniferNettles) August 13, 2017
Today is a sad sad day for America.
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) August 12, 2017
Saddened and sickened by the hate on display in Virginia. Our hearts are with you. #bullshitontv
— Old Dominion (@OldDominion) August 12, 2017
What in the hell is going on in the world?! How is this mentality even possible. Shocking
— Lucie Silvas (@LucieSilvas) August 13, 2017
— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) August 14, 2017
— Lee Greenwood (@TheLeeGreenwood) August 13, 2017
#Charlottesville is my college town, a place that taught me so much about seeing, hearing, and respecting others. Heartbroken.
— Kelleigh Bannen (@kelleighbannen) August 13, 2017
Been having a hard time finding the right words to say about this today. But this is spot on. Let’s keep moving forward, not backward. ✌️ https://t.co/Ji8SIG5HJv
— Cassadee Pope (@CassadeePope) August 13, 2017
A shame what I see when I look at my TV. From ALL sides. We ALL need Jesus. Simple. As. That.
— Chase Rice (@ChaseRiceMusic) August 13, 2017
Love our mayor. Thank you. https://t.co/Zpd3OSslTU
— Ryan Hurd (@RyanHurd) August 13, 2017